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U.S. manufacturing needs a strong technical workforce. Manufacturers rely on the right workers with the right skills at the right time to drive innovation, increase productivity and remain globally competitive. Workforce development is needed to give workers the right skills to access employment and advancement opportunities.
The solution for U.S. workers and employers is nationally portable, industry-recognized skills credentials. Industry leaders across the manufacturing economy have endorsed a set of “stackable” credentials verifying the core or basic personal effectiveness skills, foundational academic skills, general workplace skills and cross-cutting manufacturing skills necessary for individuals to succeed in virtually all entry-level jobs in manufacturing.
The United States government invests billions of dollars each year in workforce development programs with limited impact. Directing priority to education and training that results in nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials will be good for workers and enable manufacturers in America to maintain their global leadership.