The National Institute for Metalworking Skills this week announced new funding to improve training and resolve workforce needs in precision manufacturing.
The funding will help NIMS analyze and promote the group's credentials to manufacturers, who would then use them to establish competency-based human resources and talent management practices.
The effort would also harmonize NIMS credentials with industry standards, link each credential to key jobs and help simplify the hiring process for in-demand jobs.
NIMS expects to partner with several companies to test the credentials.
"This effort will help find new ways to train more people to fill the open jobs and ensure workers have the skills and training they need to be successful," said Business Roundtable President John Engler.
The project is one of 12 initiated by the National Network of Business and Industry Associations to help bolster the industrial workforce.
Business Roundtable — along with the ACT Foundation, Joyce Foundation and Lumina Foundation — funds the National Network.