TMA Selected as NIMS National Partner to Grow Apprenticeships in Manufacturing

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SCHAUMBURG, IL – The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the Technology & Manufacturing Association are proud to announce that they will be partnering to increase access to apprenticeships and assist employers in developing new programs that reach diverse talent pools. As part of this initiative, $500,000 is available to support companies in establishing a registered apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor.

“For over two decades, NIMS has worked with companies, workforce development groups and community colleges to stand-up high-caliber apprenticeship programs across the country,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS. “This contract gives us the unique opportunity to create more impact in our industry by expanding apprenticeships to underrepresented populations and to new companies looking to establish a sustainable talent pipeline.”

TMA will work with NIMS to select member companies to participate in this new initiative, and provide the job-related classroom instruction component for members’ apprentices.

NIMS will focus on providing companies with tools and resources to develop customized registered apprenticeship programs. These programs combine on-the-job training with job-related classroom instruction and meet national standards for registration with the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agencies.

“This partnership will allow TMA to expand its storied apprentice training program like never before,” said Patrick Osborne, TMA Vice President of Training and Education. “This is a unique opportunity to provide resources for TMA members to really develop their own programs, and take employee training to new heights.”

Other stakeholders supporting expansion of registered apprenticeships in manufacturing include:

  • AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology
  • National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA)
  • Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA)
  • Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
  • The Aluminum Association (AA)
  • Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
  • Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), operated by ManufacturingUSA
  • Manufacturing Institute (MI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
  • National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network)
  • NIMS is seeking companies and industry partners that are interested in enhancing their talent pipelines through apprenticeships.


Companies that are interested in building an apprenticeship program or organizations that are interested in partnering with NIMS should go to or email the NIMS ApprenticeshipUSA team at