WASHINGTON, DC, -  Today, The Manufacturing Institute and its partners in the Skills Certification System announced significant progress toward achieving a 5-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based certifications to individuals. Over the past year, the certification partners have issued 129,084 certifications, bringing the total to 419,528 certifications issued since 2011. With 84 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.

The Manufacturing Institute launched the Skills Certification System to address the skills gap challenge and to promote a renaissance of manufacturing education across the country. The Skills Certification System is designed by and for industry, and endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers.

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 aligned to industry-based standards to establish an effective talent pipeline.

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