Gardner Carrick is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for The Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers. Mr. Carrick leads the Institute’s workforce portfolio and is currently working on a new industry-recognized apprenticeship system to change how manufacturers and schools partner to prepare the workforce. He is also leading the development of a national education data system that will integrate education, certification, and labor market data to deliver outcome information on credentialing programs.
Previously, Mr. Carrick led the Institute’s research activities including partnerships with internationally recognized consulting firms to produce a regular series of reports on the U.S. manufacturing sector. He also led the Institute’s military-to-manufacturing program and the Institute’s work on skills certifications.
Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Carrick worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration where he served as the Project Director for a major initiative focused on talent development in regions across the country. He also served as the Communications Director for the agency.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Mr. Carrick was a Senior Associate at TATC Consulting, a Washington DC-based firm focused on providing expertise to federal and state agencies on employment and education related issues.