Access to a highly skilled and educated workforce is the most critical element for innovation success. Increasingly, companies report they cannot find individuals with the skills required for today’s advanced manufacturing workplaces. These skill shortages pervade all stages of manufacturing— from engineering to skilled production. This challenge will only grow as the demographics of our workforce drive “boomer” retirements and replacement requirements.

Manufacturers can no longer afford to wait. It is time to educate and train the next generation of 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. They represent skills that you can stand behind and emplower you to take control of your talent pipeline.

To learn more, read the Skills Certification System Toolkit.

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