U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes FANUC America, Rockwell Automation and Industry Partners for Apprenticeship Programs

Leading automation companies awarded for efforts in closing the manufacturing skills gap.    


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FANUC has been named a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) by the Department of Labor. FANUC shares this achievement in collaboration with industry partners including Rockwell Automation, APT Manufacturing Solutions and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute.

An official signing ceremony hosted by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary, Eugene Scalia, named 18 SRE organizations. The FANUC America-Rockwell Automation coalition gained recognition for its focus on robotics and advanced automation, specifically the integration of these technologies into systems and the future workforce needed to support them. 

Effective May 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Final Rule that establishes a system for advancing the development of high-quality Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.  These programs provide individuals with opportunities to obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and progressively advancing skills.

The intent is to address America’s skills gap and rapidly increase the availability of high-quality apprenticeship programs in sectors where apprenticeship opportunities are not widespread.

Industry leaders FANUC and Rockwell have worked together over the past decade developing training, certifications and training delivery network.  This network of educational partners includes more than 1200 high school and post-secondary FANUC-certified training organizations, and over 150 university and career technical training partners associated with this industry team.

FANUC along with the US Department of Labor and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute will host a panel discussion called “Workforce 2025 Outlook – Aligning Education with Industry.”  The discussion will include what progressive companies are doing today to control and narrow the skills gap leading into 2025.  This session is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, and is part of FANUC’s New Virtual Event, “Take Control”. Register Today!