Washington, DC, -  The Manufacturing Institute has partnered with the American Foundry Society and Cast Metals Institute to help address the needs of employers in the metalcasting industry.  Recognizing that the foundation of a strong workforce begins with the education and training of future employees and as the manufacturing industry sustains growth and momentum, this partnership will focus on the expansion of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.  The Skills Certification System is seen as a key step towards building the educated and skilled workforce U.S. manufacturers need to successfully compete in the global economy.

The NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System is the flagship education initiative of the manufacturing sector.  The Skills Certification System is being used to integrate nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials – their learning standards and content – into high school, community college, and university programs of study to build the nation’s technical workforce.  Certification partners comprise foundational academic, workplace, and technical skills as well as process and occupation-specific skills necessary for jobs across all sectors of the manufacturing economy. 

“In this highly competitive global market, our manufacturers’ business success is tied directly to their ability to innovate, and the single most important factor in their innovation capacity is an educated and skilled workforce, said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. “We now have a solution, the Manufacturing Skills Certification System, to help address the skills gap directly affecting the workforce pipeline for manufacturers.  We are pleased to welcome the American Foundry Society and Cast Metals Institute as new partners to go forward together to address the shortage of skilled workers in the United States.”

“The metalcasting industry plays a vital role in the supply of engineered components to many sectors of manufacturing,” said Jennifer Head, director of Education, Cast Metals Institute. “We are excited to join forces with the Manufacturing Institute in support of the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System (SCS). Through this partnership, we will work to address the shortage of skilled workers through the recruitment of talented individuals and the development of metalcasting-specific certification programs that align with the SCS.”

Results from the 2011 Skills Gap Report, authored by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, show that over 80% of manufacturers are experiencing a moderate to serious shortage in skilled production talent, like machinists and technicians, and 60% have a similar shortage of production engineers.  This national crisis is predicted to worsen in the coming years.  To combat this talent crisis, the Institute identified several leading industry associations to serve as leading advocates for industry-recognized skills certifications.

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