Washington, DC, -  The Manufacturing Institute has partnered with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) to help address the needs of employers in manufacturing and the need for robust industry partnerships with educational institutions to promote the use of certifications.  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, specifically in the aviation sectors.  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 partnership will provide opportunities to support the enhancement of the information pipeline to education leaders about the career possibilities in the manufacturing sector, building on current initiatives like The Manufacturing Institute’s talent recruitment strategy, Dream It. Do It.   The two organizations will also work in partnership to reach manufacturers to provide solutions like the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System in an effort to fill the talent pool and close the skills gap.

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 NC3 as a new partner in our efforts to address the shortage of skilled workers in the United States.”

“We are proud to be working closely with the Manufacturing Institute in their efforts to rapidly prepare a highly skilled workforce to meet the urgent needs of America’s manufacturers,” said Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director of NC3.  “It is NC3’s core mission to drive work-ready training across the nation and the power of bringing MI together with our network of educational and industry leaders has already begun to reap significant gains.”

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