Washington, DC, -  Today, The Manufacturing Institute and its partners in the Skills Certification System announced signification progress toward achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based certifications to individuals.  Over the past year, the certification partners have issued 117,189 certifications, an increase of over 30 percent, bringing the total to 294,478 certifications issued since 2011. With 80 percent of manufacturers citing a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers, this is an important step in closing the skills gap and increasing the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.

“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. “Our solution, the Skills Certification System, helps address the skills gap directly affecting the workforce pipeline for manufacturers by aligning manufacturing education and training with industry standards.”

In June 2011, at an event at Northern Virginia Community College, President Obama highlighted the Skills Certification System as a model for industry-based credentials and endorsed the Institute’s goal of 500,000 certifications. The Institute continues to work with high schools, community and technical colleges, and employers to create education and training programs align to industry-based standards to established an effective and critical talent pipeline.

"The shortage of qualified, skilled workers has a direct impact on manufacturers’ bottom line," said Blake Moret, senior vice president of the Control Products and Solutions business at Rockwell Automation, and Chairman of The Manufacturing Institute's Board of Trustees. “The Skills Certification System is designed by and for industry, and endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. They represent skills manufacturers need in their talent pipeline.”

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