August 15, 2013 (Arlington, VA) - The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Manufacturing Institute recently formed a new partnership focused on making strides to alleviate the critical manufacturing workforce gap.
The two organizations will work to provide and implement solutions such as the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. The Skills Certification System is the flagship education initiative of the manufacturing sector. It’s being used to integrate nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials – their learning standards and content – into high school, community college and university programs to build the nation’s technical workforce.
“Manufacturers’ business success is tied directly to the innovation capacity of their skilled workforce,” says Jennifer McNelly, president, the Manufacturing Institute. “The Skills Certification System helps address the skills gap directly affecting the talent pipeline for manufacturers. ACMA has taken on these challenges and we are pleased to welcome ACMA as a new partner in our efforts to address the shortage of skilled workers in the United States.”
ACMA’s Certified Composites Technician (CCT) program benefits companies by training the kind of forward-looking workforce that’s key to increased productivity and lower costs. It benefits employees by documenting their professional expertise and enhancing their career opportunities.
“While demand for skilled composites technicians has always been strong,” says ACMA President Tom Dobbins, “we anticipate the expanded use of composites in many key market areas, coupled with this new partnership with the Manufacturing Institute, will ramp up the demand for CCT even more.”
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