The Greater Gallatin Valley Manufacturing Partnership (GGVMP) was started in 2015 right after Governor Bullock’s Mainstreet Montana project was coming to an end. The project by the Governor brought people together to work on common issues with the goal of improving business. Our manufacturing partnership continued the work by having discussions with both the private and public sectors with the objective of improving the competitive advantage of the manufacturing sector in the Gallatin Valley. Since inception we have been meeting and implementing plans to address issues and seize opportunities we see across all manufacturing.
The GGVMP has spent time with the local schools to bring more awareness to opportunities in manufacturing. The GGVMP has developed a 10-day educational curriculum that gives students the opportunity to investigate potential career options in manufacturing. Our hands-on curriculum helps students recognize the importance of team-work and problem-solving skills by giving them real life manufacturing scenarios to work through in small group settings. Our curriculum is unique from the standpoint where individuals from our partnership help teach the class. This gives student first hand access to people who work in manufacturing every day.
Manufacturing partners in the GGVMP have dedicated time and resources to develop apprenticeship programs for some of the skilled labor jobs. Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn a trade under the direction of a skilled employer and in most cases, get paid to do so. At the completion of training, individuals will become certified in their trade and be recognized as a registered apprentice by the state of Montana. Please contact GGVMP partners directly to inquire about their apprenticeship opportunities.
The Lean Alliance of the GGVMP is a group dedicated to learning and advancing lean methodologies in manufacturing environments. From the start of the alliance we have grown from a handful of participants to over 80 participants. People come from Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and all over Montana to see what local manufacturers in the Gallatin Valley are doing. We have presentations to help educate manufacturers in areas such as 5S implementation, production workflow, layout planning and constraint elimination.
The Technology Alliance of the GGVMP is a group dedicated towards working on education in relation to the potential of adding automation and technology into manufacturing processes.