ADVANCED MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE AGREEMENTS WITH GERMANY
DRESDEN, GERMANY (July 30, 2015) – While in Germany, Governor Brian Sandoval and Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), signed agreements with the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the City of Leipzig to foster partnerships to enhance the advanced manufacturing industry’s high-skill workforce.
GOED has been working closely with Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), America Division, since early 2014. The GIZ leveraged its long standing relationships in Germany and organized this portion of the trade mission in close cooperation with GOED. Jointly, a “four-level” approach to constitute the basic framework for a strategic partnership and cooperation between the State of Nevada and Central Germany has been developed. The goal of this approach is to simultaneously foster cooperation at political-, organizational-, company-, and individual levels.
“As a result of the dedicated work of GIZ and GOED, we are embarking on an exciting new chapter for Nevada’s developing advanced manufacturing industry,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Germany has established itself as the world leader in advanced manufacturing, and Nevada businesses will become industry leaders in the years to come, making this partnership beneficial to all parties involved, especially our workforce. I thank GIZ, the State of Saxony-Anhalt and City of Leipzig, for their support of our partnership and the important work they will continue to do to ensure its success.”
“The exchange of ideas to develop workforce training programs for advanced manufacturing is an integral component of our partnership with the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the City of Leipzig,” said Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “As German companies and Nevada businesses work together to train the apprentices, established trade practices will be exchanged and innovative developments will be shared. This really is a unique concept and one that we hope will help shape the future of the industry.”
The detailed work that went into establishing this partnership is highlighted below:
• Work conducted by GOED and the GIZ preparing for this trade mission has commenced early: GIZ organized one-day workshops in 2014 with industry representatives and chamber organizations all over central Germany (Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia) respectively, during which the strong interest in supporting the implementation of collaborative projects, particularly the exchange of highly skilled trainees, became apparent. Meetings with the Ministry of Science and Economy in Saxony-Anhalt took place as early as 2014.
• The internship exchange component originates from an outreach of Carson City, Nevada based at Vineburg Machining, Inc. to GOED in early 2014. A substantial amount of work has already been completed in Nevada as well as Saxony-Anhalt – both partnering with the GIZ – to prepare for a pilot program. In 2015 a first pilot group of 3 German young professionals from Saxony-Anhalt will leave Germany for an internship in Nevada under the umbrella of “GIZ Transatlantic Exchange Programs”
• Additionally, the GOED-defined key objectives of this mission to Germany focus on four key themes: workforce development, advanced manufacturing production, regional cluster building, and the “Applied Research Centre Concept”. Accordingly, to enhance the effort, site visits were scheduled to include globally well-known small and medium sized advanced manufacturers, joint-training facilities operated by chamber organizations, and Fraunhofer research institutes.
• These visits were carefully selected in order to illustrate and further develop GOED-led initiatives in Nevada, such as the Advanced Career Pathway pilot for advanced manufacturing, the Applied Research Centre concept which is supported by the Nevada Knowledge Fund, the advanced manufacturing partnership initiative, and the internship exchange program.
About Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ):
The services delivered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe.
About the trade mission:
As one of the largest Governor-led trade missions in the State’s history, the focus will be to strengthen bilateral trade partnerships between the State of Nevada and the countries of Ireland, Germany, Poland, England, and Italy. With a goal to connect Nevada education and research institutions as well as Nevada businesses with opportunities overseas, the trade mission will specifically focus on advanced manufacturing, water technology, mining, information technology, and tourism and hospitality. Trade mission attendees include the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and representatives from the Nevada Commission on Tourism, the Nevada Department of Education, the Nevada System of Higher Education and its institutions, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Nevada Center of Excellence, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, the Northern Nevada Development Authority, and the Nevada Jewish Federation. The Nevada Business Delegation includes Xtreme Green, Micromanipulator, Rust Bullet, and Scaale Capital.
About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development:
Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at www.diversifynevada.com .