International automakers directly employ 156,000 American workers here in the United States. With 103,600 of those jobs in manufacturing, our member companies employ one of the largest manufacturing workforces in the country and are breathing new life into America’s manufacturing sector.
These critical investments provide workers with the tools and skills needed to advance their careers and help solidify the U.S. auto industry’s competitive edge on the global stage.
International automakers offer programs that encourage students to pursue a career and technical education while giving current employees opportunities to develop their skill sets:
Did you know our members offer workforce development programs in 36 states and focus on upskilling, reskilling, and educating the current and future automotive workforce?
International automakers are creating valuable career pathways forward for thousands of Americans across the country while supporting an additional 2.3 million American jobs up and down the supply chain. We must continue bolstering these opportunities and ensuring fair and equal treatment of all American auto workers.
The BMW Tech Scholars Program in Spartanburg, South Carolina, a two-year apprenticeship program that partners with local area technical colleges, is just one of many programs offered by international automakers.
This program allows students to further their education while gaining valuable experience in a high-tech manufacturing environment with the potential of becoming candidates for full-time employment at BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC after successful completion. Partnering colleges include Greenville Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Piedmont Technical College, and Tri-County Technical College.
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