2013 MI Annual Report 2013 MI Annual Report : Page 8

ligning manufacturing education and training with industry standards sets high expectations and establishes an effective and critical talent pipeline. A The Institute is leading national efforts and local initiatives to expand the use of skills certifications. This includes on-the-ground activities in many states and regions building partnerships between employers and schools. Manufacturers are benefiting through reduced training costs and better quality candidates who are ready to take on the challenges of advanced manufacturing jobs. Part of the challenge is finding qualified individuals to fill the talent pipeline. The Institute is recognizing schools with manufacturing curriculum that meets the needs of today’s advanced manufacturers through our M-List. The Institute also kicked off its new Skills Certification System Toolkit. Designed with the help of manufacturers from a variety of sectors, this toolkit provides manufacturers with a step-by-step process to grow their own talent pipeline. The Skills Certification System represent credentials manufacturers can trust, enabling them to identify quality candidates for high-skilled jobs. More than 50 schools, including high schools, community colleges, technical schools, and universities, joined the M-List and added the Skills Certification System as a standard part of their manufacturing education programs in 2013. Developing SkilleD workerS A Toolkit for Manufacturers for Recruiting and Training a Quality Workforce Institute is over halfway to its goal of 500,000 certifications Institute develops video to explain skills certifications Institute releases updated employer guide for skills certifications Milestones | 9

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