May 16, 2012 by NADCA in NADCA News
On May 2, 2012, The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) and its partners announced significant progress towards achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals, positioning them for employment and advancement in manufacturing jobs. Over the past year, the certification bodies partnered with the Institute have issued 84,738 certifications to students and incumbent workers that cover in-demand, portable skill-sets necessary across multiple manufacturing sectors. With as many as 600,000 manufacturing jobs going unfilled today, this is an important step in getting unemployed Americans back to work and maintaining the competitiveness of our manufacturing economy.
“The Institute remains committed to building the educated and skilled workforce our nation’s manufacturers need to stay competitive,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. “We are partnering with world-class industry certification bodies and community colleges, because they can and are delivering the in-demand skills for today’s innovation and productivity-driven workplaces.”
“Skills Certification is an excellent starting point for any manufacturer to qualify new job applicants,” said Daniel Twarog, president of NADCA. “Individuals with a fundamental understanding of Math, English and the Sciences have an excellent foundation for any manufacturing position. NADCA looks forward to working with NAM to build the Die Casting workforce and expand the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. We think our members will benefit greatly and we will encourage them to ask applicants for their certification when applying for a job in a die casting facility.”
The White House Blog has posted an entry highlighting the progress being made from the Institute and its partners. Click here