Last year saw a large increase, 58.8%, in the number of credentials issued to individuals seeking new or advanced accreditation for skilled jobs in manufacturing.
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) issued 13,888 industry-recognized credentials in 2013.
The group has developed standards for entry-level to master-level skills for metalworking operations, including metalforming and machining. NIMS certifies individuals' skills against these national standards via credentials that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote individual workers. Training programs, such as those at community and technical colleges, incorporate the credentials as performance or completion measures of academic coursework in metalforming or machining programs.
The lack of workers skilled in the machining, programming, quality control, and other related manufacturing skills has been a frequent concern of employers.The problem also has drawn attention from government and other economic leaders,seeking an approach to address long-standing unemployment problems, as well as competition issues.
For more, read “Worker Certifications Hit a New High in 2013
” on sister site American Machinist.