Washington, DC, -  The Manufacturing Institute has partnered with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) to 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 automotive sector. 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 Skills Certification System supports certifications in automation from the International Society of Automation, the leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation with their Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) and Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certifications.

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. 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 Skills Certification System, to help address the skills gap directly affecting the workforce pipeline for manufacturers. We are pleased to welcome ASE as a new partner in our efforts to address the talent crisis facing the United States.”

"The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is proud to support the effort to improve the skills of our manufacturing workforce through credentialing," said Tim Zilke, ASE President & CEO. "As a nationally-recognized certification in the auto industry, ASE is well aware of the value of professional credentials in the technician development process. We look forward to working with the Manufacturing Institute on this important effort."

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