Veterans Can Help Lead The Manufacturing Revolution
By: Emily DeRocco, Director, Education and Workforce, LIFT—Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow and James Wall, Executive Director, National Institute for Metalworking Skills
November 11, 2016 -- As we honor our veterans this Veterans Day with the presidential election just now in the rear view mirror, it’s clear we saw two undeniable points of agreement throughout the hard fought campaign.
Both sides of the aisle believe that we need to support our military veterans and to ensure the United States is once again a world leader in manufacturing.
NIMS Wins Federal Contract to Grow Apprenticeships in Manufacturing
Fairfax, VA, November 14, 2016 — The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the manufacturing industry’s developer of skills standards and credentials, is proud to announce that it has been selected by the United States Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing. NIMS will work with industry, workforce and education partners to increase access to apprenticeships and assist employers in developing new programs that reach diverse talent pools. As part of this initiative, $500,000 is available to support companies in establishing a registered apprenticeship program with the Department of Labor.
NIMS Stands Ready to Partner with America's Promise Grant Applicants
Fairfax, VA - Local and regional leaders planning to apply for America's Promise grants are invited to attend an August 3, 2016 webinar to review the NIMS Menu of Services, a modular suite of services to ensure that trainees receive the knowledge, abilities, and industry-recognized credentials needed for success in 21st century manufacturing careers. REGISTER
NIMS Announces Industry Standard for the 21st Century CAM Manufacturing Workforce
Today, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) released the first-ever industry Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) standards. With guidance from Autodesk Inc., the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, these standards will enhance education and training programs to meet 21st century demands for skilled CAM programmers, designers and engineers.
Developed over the course of a yearlong intensive nationwide validation process, with more than 125 subject matter experts from companies who use a variety of CAM software, the standards define the competencies and skills expected by industry for entry-level CAM positions.
NIMS and Autodesk will continue to support the advancement of CAM training programs by developing industry credentials for educating and training CAM programmers. To develop these credentials, industry leaders will participate in work groups and provide their expertise. NIMS will conduct a rigorous development and pilot process before releasing the credentials to the public.
NIMS Adopts Common Employability Skills Across Credentialing Programs
Fairfax, Virginia, May 5, 2016 —The NIMS Board of Directors recently passed a resolution to fully adopt and promote the National Network of Business and Industry Association’s Common Employability Skills (CES) framework. The resolution establishes the CES as the foundational skills framework for all NIMS career pathways, credentials and training programs. View the full Press Release.