A Good Year for NIMS Means a Good Year for Us

In 2015, NIMS awarded a record number of credentials to individuals seeking to enter or advance in manufacturing jobs.

 

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NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) posted its most successful year in 2015. The organization awarded a record number of credentials to individuals seeking to enter or advance in manufacturing jobs.

This is good news for the manufacturing community, which is desperately seeking skilled workers to fill vacant positions across the spectrum of manufacturing. Last year, NIMS issued 21,420 industry-recognized credentials, with 18,901 of them issued in the United States, a 20 percent increase over 2014.

Granted, these numbers are a drop in the bucket compared with the demand, but what is encouraging is the trend line seems to be moving upwards. “These jobs will require more advanced skills, particularly around the use of technology, so training candidates to industry standards is imperative,” says Jim Wall, executive director at NIMS.