Skilled Workforce Event at IMTS

Overcoming the Skills Gap: Apprenticeships in the US


Many skilled workers from the baby boomer generation are getting ready to retire and a lack of suitable applicants means their soon-to-be-vacant positions cannot be filled. Around 83% of US manufacturers cannot find the skilled workforce they need -- a situation that may result in about 3.4 million open positions by 2025.

A possible solution for the skills gap can be a high quality apprenticeship program. We would like to invite you to join us for our panel discussions at IMTS concerning this topic. Learn more about how the manufacturing sector can benefit from industry-led dual apprenticeship programs. We will have two panel discussions and a proceeding Q&A session.

10AM - 11AM - Panel 1: Apprenticeships in the US

Political representatives that work with apprenticeship programs will explain why and how apprenticeships can be the viable solution to overcome the skills gap.

Moderator: Mario Kratsch, Director, Skills Initiatve, GACC Midwest

  • Josh Benton, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
  • Tom Steinbach, Wheeling High School
  • Jim Nelson, Illinois Manufacturers' Association

11:15AM - 12:15PM - Panel 2: Best Practices

Representatives from three different companies with three different apprenticeship programs will talk about their experiences and share best practices. 

Moderator: Mario Kratsch, Director, Skills Initiatve, GACC Midwest

  • KY FAME: Andrew Farris, MUBEA, INC.
  • MAT2: Uwe Krüger, FTE Automotive USA Inc.
  • ICATT: Zach Ford, Scot Forge

Please note: This event is free, but registration is required


Sinan Ordu
Coordinator, Skills Initiative & ICATT Apprenticeship Program
Tel.: +1 (312) 585-8338
E-Mail: ordu(at)