On the occasion of Manufacturing Day last week, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) has made available an article written by Leo Reddy, CEO of MSSC. The article is entitled, "Closing the Skills Gap: Industry Certifications" can go a long way toward fixing a stubborn problem for manufacturers – finding the skilled workers they need."
Reddy observes that a nationwide movement is now underway in support of well-established certifications that are industry recognized and nationally portable.
"Zero-cost" steps to increase industry demand for these certifications include:
- Adoption of company-preferred national certifications in existing hiring and promotion practices.
- Company communication with governors of states where companies have operations informing them of company hiring preference for job applicants with those certifications.
- Large company recommendation to their suppliers to use national certifications as a quality enhancement measure.