Washington, DC, -  The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) has announced a new partnership with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (AMCA) to help address the manufacturing skills gap.

Led by president, Tom Dobbins, the ACMA is the largest composites industry’s group in the worldcomposites industry’s largest trade group in the world. The American composites industry is made up of approximately 3,000 companies and employs more than a half-million people in all 50 states and generates almost $70 billion in revenues annually.

ACMA provides a forum for members of the composites industry to come together to develop shared market opportunities and deal with common challenges. It is recognized as an unmatched source of up-to-date information about the composites industry as well as the premier provider of educational resources to the field.
“Manufacturers’ business success is tied directly to the innovation capacity of their skilled workforce,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute.  “The Skills Certification System helps address the skills gap directly affecting the talent pipeline for manufacturers.  ACMA has taken on these challenges, and we are pleased to welcome AMCA as a new partner in our efforts to address the shortage of skilled workers in the United States.”

The two organizations will work to provide and implement solutions in an effort to fill the talent pool and close the skills gap, such as the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.  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. 
The partnership will also provide opportunities to support talent recruitment, building on current initiatives like The Manufacturing Institute’s Dream It. Do It. Program and national Manufacturing Day.

“The Certified Composites Technician (CCT) program benefits companies by training the kind of forward-looking workforce that’s key to increased productivity and lower costs,” says ACMA President, Tom Dobbins. “It benefits employees by documenting their professional expertise and enhancing their career opportunities. While demand for skilled composites technicians has always been strong, we anticipate the expanded use of composites in many key market areas including high performance, automotive, infrastructure, construction and green, coupled with this new partnership with the Manufacturing Institute will ramp up the demand for CCT even more.”

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