NIMS Supports National Expansion of Apprenticeships
Fairfax, VA-September 9, 2015 - NIMS is proud to be partnering with Focus: HOPE to develop a robust apprenticeship program in Michigan to fill in-demand technical jobs in manufacturing. The project was selected as a winner of the United States Department of Labor's American Apprenticeship Initiative grant program, announced today, and will build on NIMS' competency-based apprenticeship model.
NIMS will serve as an engaged partner through the following activities with the Focus: HOPE American Apprenticeship Program:
Identifying the skills and competencies individuals need to enter into and complete advanced manufacturing apprenticeship programs
Supporting the development of career pathways, apprenticeship models and tools, and integration of NIMS industry-recognized credentials
Aligning training programs to industry standards
Providing technical assistance to schools, employers and other partners
"There is a growing skills gap nationally and in Michigan for jobs in advanced manufacturing, particularly in metalworking," said James Wall, Executive Director, NIMS. "The Focus: HOPE American Apprenticeship Program will provide individuals with the skills and credentials aligned with open jobs, ultimately providing a pathway to career advancement."
National trends show that there is an increasing demand for individuals with machining skills. In Michigan, there will be nearly 125,000 jobs requiring machining skills, with demand for CNC Programmers expected to climb 15% by 2024. The average hourly wage for machining jobs in Michigan is $20.47.
As part of its commitment to expand manufacturing apprenticeships, NIMS participated in the White House Apprenticeship Summit on September 8, 2015. Mr. Wall and NIMS board members, Greg Chambers, Director of Compliance, Oberg Industries, Inc., and Roy Sweatman, President, Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., joined 100 employers to share successful apprenticeship models, best practices, and how to promote apprenticeships to other employers.
About the NIMS' Competency-Based Apprenticeship System
The NIMS' Competency-Based Apprenticeship System was developed in partnership with the United States Department of Labor and over 300 companies, integrates NIMS national standards and skill credentials into measuring required competencies for multiple occupations. NIMS has developed over a dozen competency-based apprenticeship models in the machining and metalworking industry. These models monitor progress based on performance, in lieu of rigid hours, allowing individuals and companies to customize the apprenticeship model based on respective needs.
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When Financial Times reporter Sarah O’Connor tweeted about a robot causing the death of a worker at an auto plant in Germany, she managed to tap into a dystopian nightmare. Of course, it didn’t help that her name was nearly identical to the protagonist of the Terminator film series, but a primal and pervasive fear lay at the heart of the Twitter storm that ensued: machine vs. human.
The facts paint a far less dramatic picture. For example, as computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) advances, workplace injuries in the automotive industry are actually on the decline.
This is just the start; new standards and credentials being created by the National Institute For Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and its partners promise to ensure that workers operating CAM technology have not just the tools they need to stay safe and productive, but also the cutting edge skills of the future. The demand for CAM programmers, designers and engineers is on the rise – likely to account for one million U.S. jobs by 2024.
PMPA Educational Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity for New Right Skills Now Programs
Brecksville Ohio, August 3, 2015 — The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) Education Foundation, the leading educational organization supporting precision machining, announced the awarding of two grants to cover the cost of credentialing incurred by organizations interested in offering the Right Skills Now (RSN) program for precision machining. The program kicked off in Ohio, with grants in support of the NIMS credentialing program at Lorain County Community College and Stark State College of Technology, as they launch the Right Skills Now program. The PMPA Educational Foundation’s grants will cover the schools’ NIMS registration and credentialing fees. Through this initiative, students at the two schools will be able to earn four industry recognized National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications.
“The PMPA Educational Foundation is committed to supporting educational programs like Right Skills Now at Lorain County Community College and Stark State College that provide students with the skills that are most in-demand within the precision machining industry. The need for skilled and credentialed CNC Operators is particularly strong in Ohio,” said Miles Free, Director at PMPA.
“This is just the start of the Educational Foundation’s support of Right Skills Now,” said Dave Knuepfer, Foundation President. “We are looking forward to helping more institutions qualify to issue Right Skills Now credentials and provide the skilled workforce that is needed in all of our shops. As other institutions adopt the RSN program we will consider supporting them with the same level of support. ”
Right Skills Now is nationally-recognized as a fast-track solution to providing highly-skilled, certified talent to the shop floor. Students enrolled in the Lorain County Community College or Stark State Right Skills Now program, will complete 16 to 24 weeks of coursework, which provides them with the knowledge and skills demanded in precision machining careers. At the culmination of each course, students complete performance and theory assessments to obtain four industry-recognized NIMS credentials and enter into internships with local employers. Depending on the area of study, students will also receive up to 20 credits towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree.
“Since the launch of the Right Skills Now Program in 2011, we have seen tremendous national expansion of this program,” said James Wall, NIMS Executive Director. “We hear from companies every day that they need individuals with the right skills, right now and this accelerated program connects individuals with high-paying manufacturing jobs, tackling the skills gap challenge. PMPA Educational Foundation grants will allow for further expansion of the program.”
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Suncoast Technical College Precision Machining & CNC Automation Program Earns National Accreditation
Fairfax, VA / Sarasota, FL — Not quite two years since its inception, the Precision Machining and CNC Automation Program at Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota, Florida became nationally accredited as of June 19, 2015.Based on industry-set standards for quality, NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States.
NIMS: Request for Proposals for Industrial Technology Maintenance Textbook and Related Resources
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was founded in 1995 by a number of local metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the manufacturing industry, certifies individual skills against the skills standards and accredits training programs in educational institutions that meet NIMS quality requirements.
In 2014, NIMS issued a total of 18,947 credentials, a 36% increase from 2013. While this represents a tremendous demand and growth in the need for talent in the machining sector, an astonishing 117,000 jobs will be open in industrial maintenance by 2024. To meet the need for talent, NIMS has worked actively with employers across the United States to finalize national standards for Industrial Technology Maintenance. NIMS is in process of developing credentials for Industrial Technology Maintenance.
In conjunction with the final standards and credential development process, NIMS is seeking a publication partner to write, develop and publish a textbook aligned with the NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance credentials. NIMS has seen a significant demand in a textbook aligned to the standards and credentials from secondary and post-secondary organizations across the nation, ensuring a far-reaching market for the product.
NIMS is also interested in products that will enable workers, trainees and students to prepare for the performance requirements and theory exams required for the NIMS credentials.