Precision Machining and Fabrication Leader
Precision machining and fabrication leader reduces turnover, increases quality with Tooling U-SME
“Remote location is no barrier to building our workforce pipeline.”

- Employee Development Coordinator
Challenge
  • Needing nationally recognized credentials to receive grant funding and facilitate an apprenticeship program
  • Becoming a focal point for apprenticeships, replacing time-based model with competency-based model
  • Attracting area students who don’t have the opportunity or initiative to attend community college
  • Accommodating PTM’s specific needs for Related Training Instruction (RTI) and On-the-Job
  • Training (OJT)
Solution
  • Chose National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) at onset as a credentialing process
  • With assistance from the State of Minnesota, acquired a dualfunding pipeline grant for just over $100,000—paving the way for PTM to use Tooling U-SME’s industry-driven education
  • Worked with Tooling U-SME to build apprenticeship framework
  • Gained a $150,000 grant from the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative
  • Became systematic and methodical in engaging training, as well as in monitoring and administering it
  • Found area partners who were willing to collaborate
Results
  • Reduced quality defects
  • Decreased employee turnover by half
  • Attained credibility through pipeline grant and industrydriven education
  • Received a total of $500,000 in grant support from several sources spanning 2016 - 2020
  • Created 16 registered apprenticeships; expect to add more with the help of Tooling U-SME