Helping Apprentices and Other Workers Gain In-Demand Skills

Apprentices at work

An updated Advanced Manufacturing Model is now available on the CareerOneStop Competency Model Clearinghouse.

Businesses, higher education, and workforce development organizations can use the updated model when developing curriculum, identifying workforce skill gaps, and detecting competencies required for credentials. The refreshed model helps ensure that workers learn skills that employers need.

The new model – developed in collaboration with SEMI (an industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain) – includes:

  • Manufacturing process design and development
  • Operations management
  • Maintenance, installation and repair
  • Supply chain production logistics
  • Quality assurance and continuous improvement
  • Equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy and safe work environment

SEMI has launched pilot programs in New York, North Carolina, and Oregon where work teams and subject-matter experts are using the model content to track the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to meet the production goals of companies. This information will then be shared with community colleges to help them adapt their curriculum to industry needs.

The CareerOneStop Competency Model Clearinghouse website has 27 competency models covering 10 industry sectors. These models offer essential insights into what skills and competencies employers are looking for in their employees, and can be used to develop apprenticeship, career pathway, and other workforce training programs. The clearinghouse is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Pam Frugoli is the O*NET/CareerOneStop/Competency Model Team Lead in the Office of Workforce Investment within the Department’s Employment and Training Administration.