For decades, the United States led the crusade for a global market economy. Now the global market exists and the United States is losing its competitive edge. Every other industrial nation, every emerging industrial nation and many less developed nations have aggressive programs to assist its manufacturers compete globally.Industry in the U.S. is only recently beginning to recognize the importance of ongoing education to enhance the skills of its employees. The automotive industry needs to understand continuous improvement of automotive operations demands both continuous improvement of manufacturing and technical people.The rapid advancement of technology and the global market economy brings new roles and new challenges in training. Implementing new technology does not ensure automatic productivity or world-class competitiveness for a company. Companies need to protect their investments. The vital link is in the efficient and effective application of this new technology by education and training. Lifelong learning is a new tactic for individual and corporate success and survivalFor a company to maintain a competitive edge, the training must span today's technology and must also prepare for the technological increase in the future; for the increase of productivity and the psychological acceptance of advancements in technology. The key element in successful implementation and continued profitability of any new technology is the effective training of each person who plays a role in the use or the management of the system or its operation.Cases are included which exemplify the synergistic relationships which industry, academia, professional organizations et al are beginning to develop so as to equip Americans with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the requirements of U.S. business and industry working towards a globally competitive industrial country. World-class competitiveness must be a structured approach, through commitment to and the implementation of new visions with training.