Manufacturing Skills Certification System Resources

Manufacturing Skills Certification System Resources

Manufacturing Institute, 2012

Toolkit Purpose 

The Manufacturing Skills Certification System was created to ensure that postsecondary certificate programs in manufacturing would be uniformly responsive to the industry's needs across the country. The System supplies industry-driven certifications that align to identified competencies, sample curricula, and a framework for evaluating existing programs of study to prepare students to acquire those certifications. The Manufacturing Institute hosts the Manufacturing Skills Certification System resource materials to help stakeholders tailor and implement the certification system to their region's needs.

Manufacturing Institute
Intended Audience 
Educators, manufacturers, human resources executives, workforce developers, and policymakers
Career Pathways Target Population 
Entry-level workers - the System focuses on basic skills that cut across all sectors in manufacturing: Personal Effectiveness Skills, Basic Academic Requirements, General Workplace Competencies, and Industry-wide Technical Competencies
Based On 
The System is built around the Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model developed through a collaborative effort involving the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and leading industry organizations in 2006.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

These resources provide a guide for integrating manufacturing skills certifications into existing education pathways, according to the following stages:
- Planning and Research: using data-driven decision making to determine high-growth industries/high-demand occupations, target critical Career Pathways for development and map manufacturing-related assets and resources;
- Design and Development: based on targeted Career Pathways and programs of study, engage industry leadership to build employer demand and recruit supportive faculty to audit programs against certifications requirements;
- Implementation: take action to fill skill gaps in curriculum, provide professional development, develop systems to award certifications and recruit students into target manufacturing-related programs of study; and
- Reassess for Continuous Improvement: Report on outcomes, repurpose for continuous improvement and plan for sustainability.
Specific activities to pursue are provided under each of these stages, along with an example of how it was done in one of the 17 States currently implementing the Manufacturing Skills Certification System. The resources also include a Community of Learners Webinar Series sharing more examples.

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