CLEVELAND–Tooling U-SME, a provider of manufacturing training solutions, and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, the manufacturing industry’s certifying body of skills standards and credentials for metal forming and machining, announced a new collaboration that will integrate the training provider’s online learning and development resources with the institute’s machining level 1 credentials. This new collaboration will enhance the professional development of employees and students, bringing training programs in line with high-demand skills and knowledge in today’s manufacturing environment.
The collaboration between Tooling U-SME and NIMS is an essential step to helping increase the number of skilled metal workers and machinists, while impacting the critical skills gap in America, according to the organizations. Tooling U-SME’s online training classes map to the NIMS certification standards.
“The machinist curriculum offered by Tooling U-SME will directly align with NIMS standards, a critical factor for developing a skilled workforce,” said Montez King, executive director, NIMS. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Tooling U-SME.”
In 2016, more than 391,000 machinists were employed by the manufacturing industry in America. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow six percent from 2014 to 2024. The best job opportunities will go to workers familiar with computer software applications and those who can perform multiple tasks in a machine shop.
Tooling U-SME’s “Industry Pulse – 2016 Manufacturing Industry Update” found that CNC machinists will be one of the most in demand jobs over the next four years, at 77 percent.
Tooling U-SME partners with educational institutions to build “holistic” workforce learning and development solutions that align to national certification programs. A good example of this programming in action is its work with Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Connecticut, which awarded 148 NIMS certifications to students this year.
“Area employers view this (NIMS) certification as a differentiator. It gives Naugatuck Valley Community College students a competitive advantage when applying for jobs with manufacturing companies,” says Joseph DeFeo, program director, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Naugatuck Valley Community College. “Due to the strength of our Danbury Incumbent Worker certificate program, where most students are obtaining NIMS credentials, the numbers are increasing.”
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