Certification program targets worker skills

Sep 29, 2006 | 09:04 AM | Rory Carroll

A new program to train and certify skilled workers drew praise from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the United Steelworkers union and large U.S. manufacturers at a press conference last week.

The program, developed by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), will give shop-floor workers the opportunity to take computer-based classes and tests that lead to certification credentials.

Manufacturers like the program because they foresee a shortage of skilled workers in the future, NAM president John Engler said. "Introduction of this certification program underscores growing recognition that America must do a better job of training and educating our work force to remain competitive in the global economy."....

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