National Institute for Metalworking Skills Commits to Upskill Precision Manufacturing Workforce
Washington, DC, April 24, 2015—Today, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) announced a commitment to help equip the nation’s front line precision manufacturing workforce with the skills they need to advance in their careers.NIMS will work with employers, education providers, workforce development organizations and other stakeholders to expand Competency-Based Apprenticeships in which students and workers can gain the skills, experience and credentials they need for success in in-demand jobs.
As part of the commitment, NIMS will develop and disseminate an Apprenticeship Blueprint to help companies expedite implementation of customized apprenticeships that meet their talent needs. NIMS will also set a goal to issue 1,000 industry-recognized credentials to individuals in Apprenticeship programs. Through outreach to stakeholders, NIMS will provide a package of tools, resources, and technical assistance to support stakeholder efforts to establish or expand their use of apprenticeships.
The White House highlighted the commitment as part of its Upskill Summit today, which gathered 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across America who are focused on equipping workers of all ages with the skills they need to advance in their careers. NIMS Executive Director, James Wall, and Roderick Jones, NIMS Board member and Senior Advisor, DMG Mori Seiki USA, attended the Summit.
“As manufacturing becomes more complex, technology-driven and innovative, companies, workers, and students need to keep up with evolving industry standards and job requirements so they can get ahead in their careers,” said James Wall, executive director, NIMS. “Our Competency-Based Apprenticeship System helps companies advance front line workers into higher-skilled jobs through high-quality, customized training in which participants earn both national industry certifications and company-specific credentials.”
The NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship helps companies:
•Recruit and advance skilled individuals to the precision manufacturing industries by offering opportunities to “work and learn” towards a valuable career
•Prepare the next generation of employees by providing a strong foundation of skills that are critical for them to advance in careers
•Ensure workers have the right skills, meeting industry-wide and company-specific standards and requirements needed for long-term success
•Build a customized training program that leverages national industry-recognized credentials to make on-the-job training more efficient and advanced
DMG Mori Seiki USA also made a multifaceted commitment to upskill its workforce as part of the Summit.In 2015, the company will invest in new hires of all levels by starting a training program that will include three weeks of training, in which it will send its employees to Japan and Germany to learn its corporate culture and passion for manufacturing.The program is aimed to increase employee engagement and retention as well as provide advanced skill training for USA production and quality control workers.The company will also launch a Management Education Program for leaders, supervisors, and managers; a tiered compensation program for factory workers that will lay out a clear path for upward mobility via an initial skills assessment and the establishment of skills targets; a program to encourage earning of NIMS skill credentials with 300 direct field technicians and other employees; and expansion of existing apprenticeships for Service Engineers to Application Engineers by launching at least one new class in 2015, 2016 and 2017. DMG Mori Seiki USA will also start a second shift so that employees have more choice in when they work so that they can access learning and development opportunities.
“Education is a business imperative for us,” said Rod Jones, senior advisor, DMG Mori Seiki USA. “Offering continuous opportunities for our employees to upgrade their skills not only helps them advance, but increases morale, safety, credibility, and pride in our company.”
Johnston Community College Computer Integrated Machining Technology Program Earn NIMS Accreditation
Fairfax, VA / Smithfield, NC – Maintaining an industry standard inside the classroom is no easy task, but the Computer Integrated Machining Technology Program at Johnston Community College has done just that by becoming nationally accredited by NIMS as of April 9, 2015.In receiving this national recognition, Johnston staff and faculty demonstrate their dedication to excellence in metalworking training within the state of North Carolina and nationally.
NIMS to Lead SkillsUSA Students at World Competition in Brazil
SkillsUSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Montez King, director of credentialing for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), as a volunteer Expert for the Manufacturing Team Challenge students competing at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition, August 11-16 in São Paulo, Brazil.
Mr. King will be responsible for preparing and mentoring three students who will join 16 other SkillsUSA students as part of SkillsUSA's WorldTeam. Mr. King will also serve as a judge of the Manufacturing Team Challenge (MTC) contest in São Paulo, but he will not evaluate the U.S. team.
The biennial WorldSkills Competition promotes global workforce skills development and provides a vehicle for comparing career and technical students and methods of training among industrialized nations. About a thousand students, age 17 to 22, from nearly 70 countries will compete in one of almost 50 contests covering manufacturing and engineering, construction and building technology, information systems and communications technology, social and personal services, and transportation and logistics.
A grant to SkillsUSA from the Alcoa Foundation will partially underwrite the WorldTeam team and enable SkillsUSA to enter students in the Manufacturing Team Challenge contest for the first time. The MTC contest involves three student teams that perform design, production, assembly and testing of a manufactured product-all technical and career skills in high demand worldwide among manufacturers.
"We are very grateful to NIMS and to Mr. King for stepping forward to assist our students in this international showcase of skilled workforce education," said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. "NIMS has been a very important and loyal partner to SkillsUSA, helming volunteer support for our machining contests at our national SkillsUSA Championships and now adding the mentorship of our MTC students preparing for this summer's WorldSkills Competition."
"These SkillsUSA students are the champions of our industry," said Jim Wall, executive director, NIMS. "We are not only proud to support their talents, but believe their example of hard work and 'technical athleticism' will inspire more young people to pursue in-demand careers in precision manufacturing."
NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Second Year of Scholarships for Schools
Fairfax, Virginia, March 17, 2015 — Today, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the precision manufacturing industry’s premier standards and certification body, and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF), which provides scholarships to schools for students entering technical training programs, announced that they will partner again this year to help schools prepare more students for success in precision manufacturing careers.
The 2015 GHF-NIMS Credentialing Scholarship Program will provide eligible secondary and post-secondary institutions with grants to build high-quality technical programs that provide students with foundational skills and industry-recognized credentials that have immediate value in the job market. The grants will cover up to 100% of the costs of testing and credentialing services for all students seeking NIMS certifications. The program will launch this year with a $100,000 investment from GHF.