Madison Comprehensive High School & Adult Career Center Renew NIMS Accreditation
Mansfield, OH / Fairfax, VA - Keeping up with 21st Century standards of the metalworking industry, Madison Comprehensive High School and Madison Adult Career Center have renewed the NIMS accreditation of their Precision Machining and CNC Technology Programs as of November 13, 2014. View the full press release >>>
National Institute for Metalworking Skills Welcomes Announcement to Expand Apprenticeships
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) applauds efforts by the Administration to expand apprenticeships through an $100 million competitive grant program to launch apprenticeship models in high-growth fields; align apprenticeships to career pathways; and scale effective apprenticeship models.
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.
“There are an estimated 99,500 projected job openings for machinists and 117,100 projected job openings for industrial maintenance technicians nationally through 2020,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS. “We stand ready to partner with applicants across the country to help prepare more people for these growing careers by ensuring the highest quality training that is directly aligned to the core skills and competencies required and needed by industry.
The NIMS team is equipped with the subject matter expertise to launch a successful competency-based apprenticeship training program with industry leaders through:
Supporting the implementation and sustainability of competency-based apprenticeships, through various avenues including project management, technical assistance and more; and,
Providing workshops and training support with employers and training partners NIMS’ Competency-Based Apprenticeship System, 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 the skills standards in 24 operational areas ranging from entry-level to master-level that cover the breadth of metalworking operations, including metalforming and machining. All NIMS standards are industry-written and industry-validated, and are subject to regular, periodic reviews under the procedures accredited and audited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). NIMS certifies individuals’ skills against these national standards via 52 distinct credentials that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote individual workers. Training programs incorporate the credentials as performance or completion measures of academic coursework in metalforming or machining programs. The credentials are often the basis for articulation among training programs. In 2013, NIMS issued 13,888 industry-recognized credentials, representing a 59% increase from 2012. View Partnership Opportunity Packet
To learn more about how to partner with NIMS, please contact Melanie Stover at email@example.com or (703) 352-4971
Indian Hills Community College Earns NIMS Accreditation
Fairfax, VA — NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark that a metalworking training provider may achieve and, as of November 12, 2014, the Machine Technology Program at Indian Hills community College (IHCC) is officially accredited.
NIMS & Gene Haas Foundation Announce $100,000 in Grants
New program will ensure more young people have the skills and credentials they need for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs.
Fairfax, Virginia, June 24, 2014—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 a new program to help schools prepare more students for success in precision manufacturing careers.
The GHF-NIMS Credentialing Grant Program will provide eligible secondary and post-secondary institutions with grants to build high-quality technical programs that provide students with industry-recognized credentials and foundational skills.The Grant Program is launching with a $100,000 contribution from the GHF.
“With this program, we hope to support more high schools and community colleges as they build high-quality programs that use NIMS standards and credentials in order to deliver the most relevant and innovative training,” said the Gene Haas Foundation Board.“This provides our country’s manufacturers an excellent workforce.”
“There are an estimated 99,500 projected job openings for machinists and 117,100 projected job openings for industrial maintenance technicians nationally through 2020,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS.“We are proud to be working with the Gene Haas Foundation to help schools prepare more young people with skills and credentials they need to succeed in these in-demand jobs.”
The Grant Program officially kicked-off at the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, in which over 6,000 career and technical education students compete hands-on in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields. All competitors in the Precision Machining Technology, CNC Milling and CNC Turning programs will be the first to participate in the program, receiving grants to earn NIMS’ Level I Machining credentials.
About NIMS The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards, and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. Visit nims-skills.org.
About the Gene Haas Foundation The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, at the discretion of its founder, Mr. Gene Haas. High on the list of priorities of the Gene Haas Foundation is supporting manufacturing education, which encompasses many types of programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing. In addition GHF provides scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining based skills.
"Apprenticeship" continues to be a growing buzzword in the manufacturing industry. With an increasing demand for skilled talent, apprenticeships provide an alternative avenue for individuals to enter into manufacturing careers. Apprenticeships offer a balanced blend of classroom and workplace learning, providing the highest quality training while presenting real-world experience and skills by working and contributing to the sponsoring company.
But how do you build an apprenticeship program? The NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship System, with its modular approach, enables companies to source and hire individuals with nationally-recognized skills and train them to company-specific needs. This model can be the capstone of business-led activities focused on attracting, recruiting, and training talent, enabling businesses to shape their future workforce.
Apprenticeships help individuals by providing the opportunity to develop new skills, while working and earning a family-sustaining wage, garnering a portfolio of nationally-recognized industry credentials and ultimately supporting a long-term career pathway.
Join Jim Wall, Executive Director of NIMS and Greg Chambers, Director of Corporate Compliance and Safety, Oberg Industries, on Monday, November 10 at 3:00PM ET to learn more about the NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship System and the benefits of offering an apprenticeship in your community.