Skillbridge-approved and
Department of Defense funded

Skillbridge-approved and
Department of Defense funded

Strengthening the workforce with high-performing, well-trained military personnel

Our Mission

About Operation Next

Operation Next is a Department of Defense-funded and SkillBridge-approved program that provides military personnel, spouses, dependents and veterans* with FREE training in advanced manufacturing skills. Delivered through fast, flexible learning modules, this instruction puts trainees on strong career paths with opportunities to land high-paying, in-demand jobs nationwide.

Training available nationwide

Operation Next offers job skills training on bases and college campuses across the country. Each location offers instruction in different, highly sought-after skills, so see what courses are available in your area and reach out to the local team for more information.

Trainees have finished their programs in as little as three months, going on to land good-paying private sector jobs.

Operation Next is sponsored by LIFT, a Detroit-based nonprofit 501(c)3 public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense, private industry and academia. LIFT is operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

“Operation Next is creating an impact by preparing separating military personnel with the skills and competencies most needed by manufacturers. These jobs can put service members on a career path of advancement and growth.”


Nigel Francis, LIFT CEO


Innovative training partners
with nationally recognized credentials

Operation Next’s training curriculum has been developed with qualified partners who know advanced manufacturing, including:

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

NIMS provides world-class, industry-validated, competency-based skill standards, credentials and training frameworks for the most in-demand manufacturing jobs.

The American Welding Society (AWS)

AWS is a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS is the source for qualification and certification of welding personnel.

Amatrol Inc.

Amatrol Inc. provides best-in-class innovative and interactive online learning to help trainees master technical systems, solve problems and adapt to a rapidly changing workplace.

Help train the workforce of the future

Operation Next partners with colleges, vocational schools, manufacturers and government agencies nationwide to expand the pool of skilled workers. Their resources, expertise and geographical diversity help the program offer an ever-increasing curriculum of instruction on the latest and newest in-demand skills.

Interested in joining forces? Please fill out the form and reach out to us at (313) 309-9003.

If you are active-duty military, a spouse, dependent or veteran*, a manufacturing employer, or a military installation representative, get involved now to experience the benefits of Operation Next.