WASHINGTON, -  The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI), the workforce affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), is recognized as a "Competency Model in Action" by the Competency Model Clearinghouse. The Competency Model Clearinghouse is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA). The goal of the clearinghouse is to inform the public workforce system about the value, development, and uses of innovative competency models. According to the USDOL ETA, a competency model provides a clear description of what a person needs to know and be able to do - the knowledge, skills, and abilities - to perform well in a specific job, occupation, or industry. Read about MSI's Competency Model at: http://www.careeronestop.org/CompetencyModel/models-in-action.aspx

MSI's Competency Model in Action will be presented at the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) annual conference on Monday, March 14, 2016. Katherine DeRosear, MSI Partnership Architect, will present on the USDOL ETA panel discussing Accelerating Pathways to Credentials. DeRosear will articulate the Return on Value for adopting the MSI Competency Model in Action and how it is replicable nationwide.
 
The MSI "model in action" is a community-based partnership model to reduce employer hiring costs, increase the pool of qualified applicants and enhance the baseline skills of the workforce. Using the MSI competency model, partners create a "manufacturing work ready" workforce by closing interest and skills gaps in the talent pipeline. Collectively, the MSI network of academic and workforce partners: (1) deliver foundational training and certification; (2) promote career awareness and planning in schools, colleges, and workforce job centers; and (3) re-image advanced manufacturing careers.

Foundational training and certification - MSI has developed several certifications, products and services which now link the needs of manufacturers to its 53 academic and workforce partners in seven states. The MSI's "flagship" certification program, the Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) ©, addresses the core industry-wide skills standards required for skilled production occupations in all manufacturing industries. The MT1© certification "stacks" upon the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and can be awarded up to six (6) advanced standing credits toward higher education degrees with specific educational institutions. The MT1© is also included in the NAM-Endorsed National Skills Certification System.
 
Promoting career awareness and planning - MSI has developed an industry-focused career engagement system that provides an accurate depiction of advanced manufacturing occupations at www.dreamitdoitvirginia.com.

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