The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) issued a press release saluting a new White House initiative to expand U.S. manufacturing by recruiting and educating more skilled workers. The initiative mirrors ongoing efforts by NTMA, PMA and other manufacturing groups to develop more qualified workers for the metalforming, tooling and machining industries through two main avenues: actively recruiting new workers, and developing widely recognized credentials that signal their qualifications.
"Alongside creative recruitment efforts, the key to developing more skilled workers in the United States is the use of uniform, widely recognized and industry-driven credentials to demonstrate competency in the specific industry skills needed by employers," says PMA President Bill Gaskin. "PMA and NTMA have worked closely with the National Association of Manufacturers to devise a way to validate metalworking industry skills through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) machining and metalforming certifications. NIMS certifications offer a concrete path for students to acquire or increase specific skills, while in turn providing a set of credentials that signals employers that they're able to perform to quality standards in a skilled machining or metalworking job. Both the worker and employer benefit as a result."
Adds NTMA President Dave Tilstone: "It is essential to the future of our industry that we find creative ways to attract the attention of new workers. That's why NTMA sponsors activities like the National Robotics League, which draws students to technical careers by partnering student teams with local manufacturers to build complex machines designed to do battle and test ingenuity, all while building high-tech skills.”
Together, PMA and NTMA formed the One Voice partnership to advocate for the interests of small and medium manufacturers throughout the United States: www.metalworkingadvocate.org.