Washington, DC, -  The Manufacturing Institute has partnered with the South Texas Manufacturers Association (STMA), to help employers establish effective partnerships with educational institutions to attract, qualify, and develop world-class talent. 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 in the South Texas region. 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 focus on building awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, building on current initiatives like The Manufacturing Institute’s talent recruitment strategy, Dream It. Do It.

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 are pleased to welcome STMA as a new partner in our efforts to address the shortage of skilled workers in the United States.”

“The South Texas region is poised to benefit from our young, growing workforce and our location advantage, as we expect to see continued growth in foreign direct investment in the manufacturing industry in northern Mexico”, said Mike Willis, Executive Director of STMA. “This partnership will help to ensure we have the technical skills in place to support the growth we are seeing in South Texas of both manufacturers who serve the U.S. market, and component manufacturers who support the industry in Mexico.“

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