Workforce Development: Education & Training

Employers across America remain challenged to find the educated, high-skilled talent needed to support their growing or evolving businesses. It is no secret that between the demographic shifts happening with our workforce and the requirements of constantly changing technologies, the pressure on companies to create and retain a strong workforce is business-critical. NCMS has partnered with companies to provide both face-to-face and online education and training. These companies are leaders in their areas of expertise and can work directly with individual companies of any size and map business objectives to training objectives to receive the maximum benefit of their investment.

“NCMS members and partners have increasingly made it clear they are seeking to improve the quality of their technical workforce. We are responding by partnering with Tooling U-SME, a leader in developing strong companies and educated and skilled workers. We recognize that the opportunities in advanced manufacturing are great, which is why we strategically align our efforts with leading organizations to accelerate the development and growth of this industry.” -Rick Jarman, President/CEO of NCMS


The Pendaran Method is an experiential, face-to-face learning program that produces accelerated learning and immediate results for attendees and their companies. Designed as an intense unique “boot camp” experience, the four elements are: Class Learning, Virtual Workforce Simulator, Debrief, Improvement Planning. Rapid repetition of cycles with increasing complexity contributes to attendees leaving the week-long program as highly qualified team players with relevant usable skills.

  • Upgrade your most valuable asset with the Virtual Workplace Simulator
  • Transform knowledge to value through experience
  • Proven process to rapidly and effectively transform your workforce
  • NCMS Members can send three staff/year at no charge-a $15,000 value.

Virtual Workplace Learning Highlights:
– Unlearn bad habits, Learn the art of implementation
– Learn holistic/systems thinking
– Learn how to establish a structure for implementation and sustaining change/improvement
– Learn to move from firefighting to preparing for and preventing fires
– Learn behaviors needed in a team environment
– Learn tools and processes to achieve your personal and organizational goals


Tooling U – SME:

NCMS and Tooling U-SME, a leading provider of manufacturing training solutions, have formed a partnership to expand the availability of education and training for the advanced manufacturing workforce.

NCMS’ mission is to provide the infrastructure and support to companies as they discover and develop innovative technologies for US manufacturers. This is increasingly important as the advanced manufacturing industry continues to recover and grow. Manufacturing contributes $1.3 trillion in domestic products, produces 59% of the US goods exports, employs 57% of US scientists and researchers, with a total employment of $12.3M people.

To kick off the partnership as the market continues to grow, Tooling U-SME will offer a suite of select 20 courses, complete with existing customized learning and development programs. NCMS members are eligible to receive the discounted rate of $550/person for the 20 select courses. Full access is available via Tooling U-SME, if desired.

Available online in English and Spanish, the suite of courses provides training in composite materials and processes, as well as many other topics.

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