NIMS Leads Global Conference on Workforce Training

The future of manufacturing’s skilled workforce continues to be a concern, but the good news is, we have organizations and individuals who are working hard to ensure the talent pipeline remains open.

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Dr. Jill Biden, Jim Wall, and Ambassador LeVine in Zurich.

The future of manufacturing’s skilled workforce continues to be a concern, but the good news is, we have organizations and individuals who are working hard to ensure the talent pipeline remains open.

One such organization is the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). NIMS executive director, Jim Wall, participated in the first International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training on September 16. Mr. Wall was one of three U.S. representatives to speak at the congress, representing the United States' precision manufacturing industry in a global dialogue about the importance of a skilled workforce for economic competitiveness. 

Mr. Wall presented to an international audience of specialists from economic, political and scientific circles, highlighting the NIMS' Competency-Based Apprenticeship System as a key tool in building a pipeline of talent for the manufacturing industry and one that can be replicated in other sectors. Other speakers included Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Federal Councilor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann.

The congress focused on building a positive image of vocational training, supporting bilateral exchanges between the private sector and policymakers, and presenting best practices in companies and schools.

Mr. Wall led a discussion about the impact of business-led training solutions to better prepare the workforce for careers and connect employers directly to talented individuals. Mr. Wall used NIMS' participation in the National Network of Business and Industry Associations (national network) as an example of the importance of business leadership in connecting learning to economic opportunities.