National -- A new program expanding nationwide will help manufacturers hire workers with guaranteed levels of skills training.
The program, called Building Linkages Among Academic and Skills Standards for Manufacturing Occupations, operates in 18 states. Organizers are developing a common curriculum that schools can use to teach manufacturing skills with the goal of training future workers and making sure that what is taught in one state meets the requirements for other states.
Eventually, individual states will give workers a portable manufacturing certificate (one that is recognized by both the industry and the academic community across state borders).
For more information on how to get involved, contact your state department of economic development or vocational education. You can also visit the program's Web site at http://www.mfglink.org