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Gardner Carrick

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Gardner Carrick is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers. Mr. Carrick leads the Institute’s research activities including partnerships with internationally recognized consulting firms and the regular production of reports on the issues and challenges affecting the U.S. manufacturing sector. He has co-authored a series of reports with PwC analyzing the adoption and use of advanced technologies by U.S. manufacturers including 3D Printing, Advanced Robotics, Internet of Things, and Virtual & Augmented Reality. Mr. Carrick also leads the development of a national education data system that will integrate education, certification, and labor market data to deliver outcome information on education programs. Prior to joining the Manufacturing Institute, Mr. Carrick was the Strategic Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor and directed a $325 million initiative to integrate economic and workforce development activities. He also served as the agency’s Communications Director and Speechwriter. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

The Manufacturing Institute

Overview The Manufacturing Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing talent. The Institute is the place where we exceed expectations and deliver results to help close the skills gap. Approach In partnership with some of the leading consulting firms in the country, the Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and then applies that research to develop and identify solutions that are implemented by companies, schools, governments, and organizations across the country. Priorities The Institute’s strategies and actions are all done to achieve the following goals: Change the perception of careers in manufacturing to reflect its true status as the most advanced, high-tech industry in the country. Re-establish the U.S. as the global leader of manufacturing education. Advocate for education and job training policies that strengthen the U.S. manufacturing workforce. Projects The solutions and actions of the Institute are primarily project-based. Our current set of activities includes: Attracting the next generation of manufacturing workers; Implementing a set of national industry skill credentials; Assisting manufacturers in developing a qualified and diversified talent pipeline. Research Our on-going research projects are focused on: Understanding the workforce issues that manufacturers face; Determining the structural cost differences between the world's leading economic countries; Measuring the public perception of manufacturing. The Manufacturing Institute's Close the Skills Gap framework addresses the current and future skills and workforce development gaps through three pillars: image, quality and policy.