Record Number of Certifications Pursued for Metalworking Jobs

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the metalworking industry’s premier standards and skill certification body, announced that it awarded a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the industry.

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The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the metalworking industry’s premier standards and skill certification body, announced that it awarded a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the industry. Last year, NIMS issued 18,947 industry-recognized credentials, representing a 36 percent increase from 2013.

“It is clear that the precision manufacturing sector is strong and growing, and more students and workers are preparing for success in the variety of jobs our industry offers,” says Jim Wall, executive director, NIMS. “NIMS would like to congratulate more than 8,000 individuals who earned at least one industry-recognized credential last year and have the ‘mark of excellence’ that will make them highly sought-after talent.”

More than 6,000 metalworking companies and major industry trade associations have invested more than $7.5 million in private funds to develop NIMS standards and credentials that prepare and advance the industry’s workforce, and continue to upgrade and maintain the standards as the industry changes.