Some refer to this void as the “perfect storm:” manufacturing being outsourced abroad, Baby Boomers in manufacturing approaching retirement age, and Gen-Exers and Milleniums pursuing broader-ranged careers.
In October of 2011, and in response to the lack of available talent to fill manufacturing positions, The Manufacturing Institute launched a fast-track education and training program called “RIGHT SKILLS NOW.” Based on the National Association of Manufacturers’ Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, the program is designed to provide accelerated, intense training and education to potential workers, who upon completion of the 16 to 22-week program are able to meet the demands expected in precision machining jobs in manufacturing.
RIGHT SKILLS NOW is a grass root movement backed by some formidable partners: The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, The Manufacturing Institute, ACT, Inc., and The National Institute for Metalworking Skills. The scope of the program involves aspects from professionalism in the workplace, integrity, communication, problem solving, and CNC milling and turning.
Several schools around the U.S., including Minnesota and Nevada, have already set up and implemented curricula for “RIGHT SKILLS NOW” programs. The first graduates are expected to receive their certificates in mid 2012.