The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the global authority on education and training for precision manufacturing jobs, launched a new website catered to employers seeking to fill open jobs and build a pipeline of globally competitive talent. Nimsready.org provides concise information, tools and how-to guides to help employers learn about and implement industry-recognized credentials at their companies.
The website also includes resources on sourcing quality training programs and NIMS-certified talent; implementing industry-aligned training and credentialing within companies; and integrating NIMS skills standards and credentials into human resources practices.
“There are an estimated 99,500 projected job openings for machinists and 117,100 projected job openings for industrial maintenance technicians nationally through 2020,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS. “Our new website is a big step to help companies prepare more people for these growing careers.”
NIMS has developed the skills standards in 24 operational areas ranging from entry-level to master-level that cover the breadth of metalworking operations, including metalforming and machining. All NIMS standards are industry-written and industry-validated, and are subject to regular, periodic reviews under the procedures accredited and audited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). NIMS certifies individuals’ skills against these national standards via 52 distinct certifications that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote individual workers. In 2013, NIMS issued 13,888 industry-recognized credentials, representing a 59% increase from 2012.
NIMS has also launched a Competency-Based Apprenticeship System for the nation's metalworking industry. Developed in partnership with the United States Department of Labor, and over 300 companies, the apprenticeship system integrates NIMS’ national standards and skill certifications into an effective training solution.
For more information about implementing NIMS standards and credentials, visit www.nimsready.org