-  WASHINGTON, DC, April 27, 2012 — The Manufacturing Institute has partnered with the Tooling and Manufacturing Association (TMA) to help address the needs of employers in manufacturing.  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 TMA as a new partner to go forward together to address the shortage of skilled workers in the United States.”

“TMA is training the next generation of Illinois manufacturing professionals,” said Brian McGuire, President.  “Our blended learning approach provides the employees of TMA member companies with the flexible and high-quality training they need to maximize their potential.”  To help address the skills gap directly affecting the workforce pipeline for manufacturers, TMA offers the following:

  • Traditional classroom training, including TMA's renowned Related Theory curriculum, is the cornerstone of a solid education in manufacturing;
  • Efficient online training, from leading providers Amatrol and Tooling U, gives members the flexibility to train whenever and wherever they choose;
  • Certifications from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) ensure that students meet the rigorous standards necessary for success in manufacturing.

In addition to the many courses listed in the TMA Education Catalog, the organization can customize training to meet the specific needs of companies and their employees.

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