In partnership with New Brunswick Department of Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour, the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is inviting all New Brunswick manufacturers to participate in improving their workplace manufacturing essential and productivity skills. In support of these manufacturers, EMC is providing fully funded essential skills training programs for two key occupations, supervisors and production workers, to address skills gaps and raise productivity levels and capabilities. The initiative, called Manufacturing Essentials Certification (MEC), is bringing industry validated tools and resources for the manufacturing workforce across the province of New Brunswick. Workers who participate in the program learn the essential skills necessary to become more effective and productive in their roles, further increasing their engagement with their employers through workplace performance projects. With the MEC pilot project, EMC is establishing the foundation of a partnership framework with NB Government for an external delivery model of essential skills training for manufacturing in the province.