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The Manufacturing Institute announced Friday that the organization has partnered with the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), a trade association representing batch, custom and specialty chemical manufacturers, 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.

The two organizations will 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 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.

“We commend The Manufacturing Institute for developing the Skills Certification System and tackling the critical issue of training a 21st Century workforce,”said Lawrence D. Sloan, SOCMA President and CEO. “As a chemical trade association, SOCMA is committed to doing its part to help meet the shortage of qualified workers in chemical manufacturing.”

The Manufacturing Institute is excited to establish this partnership with SOCMA and work together to accomplish our goals of closing the manufacturing workforce gap.
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