NIMS is Awarded Funding to Advance Manufacturing Workforce

NIMS new funding in partnership with the National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network), an effort led by Business Roundtable and ACT Foundation, aimed at advancing skills, training and talent development for the precision manufacturing industry.

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NIMS new funding in partnership with the National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network), an effort led by Business Roundtable and ACT Foundation, aimed at advancing skills, training and talent development for the precision manufacturing industry. Lumina Foundation and the Joyce Foundation have provided funding support for the initiative.

NIMS will use this investment to analyze and promote how manufacturers can use NIMS credentials to establish competency-based human resources and talent management practices. Competency-based practices include those which place higher value on a candidate's knowledge, skills and abilities rather than a specific degree or experience. 

As part of the project, NIMS is creating new tools for employers, educators and learners, including: 

  • Translating NIMS credentials to a common language between what defines the competencies in NIMS credentials and what defines performance in the most common jobs in the precision manufacturing industry. 
  • Creating a Credential Mapping Tool that links each NIMS credential to key occupational areas and job titles.
  • Developing Sample Job Descriptions that employers can use that articulate the specific skills needed for in-demand jobs.
  • Partnering with several companies to test these tools within their recruitment, screening and hiring processes.

"The benefits of this toolkit will expand beyond industry to support working learners," says James Wall, executive director, NIMS. "The translation tool and the Career Mapping Tool will allow NIMS credentialed candidates to know what skills and credentials they need to advance in their chosen career pathway and help them articulate what their credential means to employers."