Empowering the Future of Manufacturing

  Larissa Hofman   |     December 21, 2020 |   3 minute read
2021 Partnership Announcement with Edge Factor, NTMA and AMPED


Dec 3, 2020 - The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the nonprofit Advanced Manufacturing Practice & Education Development (AMPED) are proud to announce their 2021 Premiere Partnership with the e-learning storytellers at Edge Factor. Together, they will equip organizations across North America with three FREE Experience toolkits to inspire students and job-seekers to pursue career pathways in manufacturing. This strategic Workforce Development initiative will provide schools, families, companies, and workforce leaders with FREE access to high impact multimedia, a Keynote presentation, promotional tools, and practical guide books on how to plan, promote, host and follow-up on engaging virtual events! These online Experiences empower students, parents, and job-seekers to explore Skilled Trades, Apprenticeships, Technical Education programs, careers, STEAM, and soft skills. 

Edge Factor, a widely-used e-learning platform has created thousands of videos, interactive activities, and lesson plans that focus on career exploration. K-12 and Postsecondary schools, companies, and organizations partner with Edge Factor to help tackle workforce development regionally and nationally. Wielding the power of storytelling, Edge Factor media showcases industries and career profiles, teaches soft skills, shows how STEAM comes alive on-the-job, provides Virtual Workplace Experiences, and promotes training and career opportunities.

Featuring select tools from the Edge Factor library, six free Experiences will be available during specific 2021 months, for organizations to share in classrooms, homes, and at events. Click here to learn more and pre-register: 

“The NTMA partners with 1100+ tool & die and precision manufacturing companies,” said Larissa Hofman. “Together with the NTMA and their new 501(c)3 workforce development organization, AMPED, we will empower these companies with Experiences and high impact tools to meet one of their biggest needs: inspiring and recruiting the next workforce.”

NTMA is a US-based membership trade association, with the collective power of 1,100 thriving tool & die and precision manufacturing companies representing more than $35 billion in sales. Since its founding in 1943, NTMA has remained focused on the future of American manufacturing as exemplified by its members: small and medium-sized companies, many of them family owned or privately held. 

AMPED is NTMA’s Workforce Development organization, focused on attracting, inspiring and preparing the US precision manufacturing workforce. AMPED is committed to engaging manufacturing’s next generation through its National Robotics League program (NRL), as well as educating and training the workforce through NTMA-U, an industry-proven online curriculum for a machinist apprenticeship program.

From NTMA and AMPED President Roger Atkins: “We are proud to be a partner with Edge Factor in engaging manufacturing’s next generation. Two years ago, Edge Factor produced an amazing film, “Robobots” in collaboration with the AWT Foundation that truly captured the excitement and impact of an NRL program on students, teachers, industry and the community. From that video and their entire library and educational resources, we knew we were of like mind, passion, and desire to work  even closer for greater impact and reach for the greater good of our country’s education and  workforce needs. This new, deeply committed collaboration exemplifies our combined strengths, vision, and commitment to all of that and much more!”

The NTMA and AMPED is specifically partnering with Edge Factor on the following three 2021 Experiences: 

  1. Future Skills (Jan - Feb 2021) - Promoting technical education programs with high impact videos and tools, in honor of CTE Month.
  2. Rock MFG DAY (Sept-Oct 2021) - Tools to promote careers and showcase how STEAM comes alive in the exciting world of advanced manufacturing.
  3. Apprenticeships (Nov-Dec 2021) - High impact resources for students and parents to discover the power of apprenticeship programs.

To pre-register today for these free 2021 Experiences, visit

For more information on NTMA and AMPED, please visit or email Bill Padnos at, and for more information on Edge Factor or to book a demo, please visit or email


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