National Network of Business and Industry Associations Releases New Guidebook for Employers
Washington, DC – November 18, 2015 – The National Network of Business and Industry Associations today released a guidebook for employers to understand and adopt work-and-learn programs, including modernized internships, apprenticeships and mentorships. Led by Business Roundtable and ACT Foundation, the National Network is a collaboration of 25 business organizations representing 10 economic sectors, and focuses on connecting the worlds of learning and work.
Work-and-Learn in Action: Successful Strategies for Employers highlights 15 real-life models, providing a blueprint to help companies implement similar strategies that improve workforce recruitment, training and advancement.
The guidebook underscores the range of ways that employers are increasingly involved in addressing the skills gap, which is leaving an estimated 4 million jobs unfilled. The examples featured can help more companies design work-based learning opportunities for more students and workers who need new skills.
Recent reports show there are 14 million working learners in the United States –individuals who are formally enrolled in postsecondary learning while also active in the labor market – who are seeking simultaneous opportunities to gain skills and work experiences that lead to good jobs. Companies can use the guidebook to create work-and-learn programs that connect to this working-learner talent pool.
Illustrating real examples from a wide range of company sizes and industries – from healthcare and hospitality to manufacturing and construction – the guidebook explains the benefits of integrating work experience and learning for both employers and individuals. Educators and workforce development professionals, who are working to help students connect what they are learning in school to what they will need to know in the workplace, can find valuable, current information in the real-life examples in the guidebook.
Key components of the guidebook include: a checklist for determining what quality work-and-learn models should entail; an analysis of the value of work-and-learn programs to companies and working learners; a list of key questions for employers to consider in designing programs that meet their specific needs; and a glossary of common work-and-learn terms.
The Right Skills Now program was selected as one of the featured work and learn models.
South Elgin and Streamwood High Schools Earn National Accreditation From NIMS
Fairfax, VA / South Elgin and Streamwood, IL —NIMS is pleased to announce accreditation of the Precision Manufacturing Programs at South Elgin High School and Streamwood High School.Officially accredited as of November 11, 2015, the staff and faculty of both schools, and of School District U-46, have met NIMS standards and will continue to set the bar for exceptional metalworking training. READ MORE...
Berks Career and Technology Center Renews NIMS Accreditation
Fairfax, VA / Leesport, PA – Maintaining national industry standards inside the classroom is no easy task but the faculty and staff of Berks Career and Technology Center rose to the challenge and officially renewed the accreditation of the Precision/Computerized Machining Technology program on October 28, 2015. READ MORE...
NIMS officially opened its new education center to help educators and businesses deliver the highest quality and most relevant manufacturing training for students and employees. The Gene Haas Education Center, located on NIMS’ campus in Fairfax, VA, will provide workshops and training for instructors and industry representatives.
“NIMS is committed to empowering companies and education institutions to build a skilled workforce in their communities by equipping them with the right knowledge, tools and resources,” says NIMS Executive Director, James Wall. “The Gene Haas Education Center will allow us to further this mission and offer more frequent and targeted learning opportunities for all of our stakeholders.”
The first series of workshops are focused on supporting educators and businesses in developing curriculum that aligns with industry developed standards. The workshop series includes:
• NIMS Ready
• Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Trainer
• On-the-Job (OJT) Trainer Preparation
• Establishing an Apprenticeship Program
“Gene Haas Foundation is proud to support the education center, which will help improve and expand technical training offered through high schools, colleges, businesses and other learning providers,” said Kathy Looman, Gene Haas Foundation. “With 3.5 million manufacturing jobs needing to be filled over the next-decade, our economic competitiveness depends on preparing students, workers and educators to embrace the skills and credentials needed for current and future jobs.”
More information about the Gene Haas Education Center and a schedule of upcoming workshops can be accessed here.