Groups join on composites work force training

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The American Composites Manufacturers Association and the Manufacturing Institute formed a partnership to alleviate what they call a “critical manufacturing work force gap.”

The organizations will work to provide and implement solutions such as the National Association of Manufacturers’ Skills Certification System. The ACMA and the Manufacturing Institute want the new system to integrate nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials — their learning standards and content — into high school, community college and university programs to build the nation’s technical work force.

“While demand for skilled composites technicians has always been strong, we anticipate the expanded use of composites in many key market areas, coupled with this new partnership,” will ramp up demand for certified technicians even more, ACMA president Tom Dobbins said in a statement.

The ACMA’s Certified Composites Technician program seeks to train the type of forward-looking work force that’s key to increased productivity and lower costs. It benefits employees by documenting their professional expertise and enhancing career opportunities.

“Manufacturers’ business success is tied directly to the innovation capacity of their skilled work force,” Manufacturing Institute president Jennifer McNelly said in a statement. “The Skills Certification System helps address the skills gap directly affecting the talent pipeline for manufacturers. ACMA has taken on these challenges and we are pleased to welcome ACMA as a new partner in our efforts to address the shortage of skilled workers in the United States.”

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