Partnership Strengthens Workforce Development Initiatives

Posted By: Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME on July 06, 2017


At Tooling U-SME, we believe that stronger partnerships provide higher-quality results for all stakeholders. That’s why we’re pleased to be part of the new National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Advisory Council, which brings training programs in line with high-demand skills and knowledge in today’s manufacturing environment. Specifically, our partnership with NIMS aligns Tooling U-SME’s competency-based workforce education with manufacturing industry-driven certifications. Joining the council from Tooling U-SME are Chad Schron, Senior Director, and Gretchen Schultz, Director of Workforce Development.

Working together, Tooling U-SME and NIMS are better able to bridge the gap between both organization’s workforce development initiatives.

Tooling U-SME views workforce training through the lens of competency model thinking, which breaks successful performance into a specific set of related knowledge, skills and abilities. By systematically defining training development, we can precisely align programs for performance results.

NIMS certifications — built around manufacturing industry standards — validate skills and knowledge by having applicants demonstrate their qualifications for specific job roles. Companies often require new hires and incumbent workers to obtain these certifications so their competency skills are consistent.

Both Tooling U-SME and NIMS have strong apprenticeship initiatives and have been working closely with the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. By collaborating on this important area, we offer manufacturers an alternative for filling their workforce pipelines. Apprenticeships are flexible, allowing trainees to advance at their own pace while they train on the job. Along with NIMS assessments of performance measures, apprenticeships speed up the process of filling crucial manufacturing jobs.

Through our partnership on the council, Tooling U-SME and NIMS have the opportunity to impact the critical skills gap and enhance advanced manufacturing workforce career pathways. Providing workforce education to high school students and members of the workforce will increase the skills and knowledge necessary to meet industry demands. By expediting more efficient and effective delivery of workforce education and credentials, we can more clearly and precisely help companies identify gaps, define requirements and guide development.

Learn more about Tooling U-SME’s competency-based learning solutions and apprenticeship program . Plus, read our white paper, “Apprenticeships: Modernizing a Proven Workforce Development Strategy.

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