Original Press Release
Manufacturers: Passage of AMERICA Works Act Is Step in Right Direction; Quick Senate Action Is Needed
Press release date: September 29, 2010
Industry-Recognized Credentials Will Help Build Strong Manufacturing Workforce
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) praised the House of Representatives for passing the AMERICA Works Act (H.R. 4072) today. Each year, the federal government invests billions of dollars in workforce training programs with a limited impact. This bill responds by prioritizing existing funding for education and training programs (the Carl D. Perkins Vocational-Technical Education Act and the Workforce Investment Act) towards those that include industry-recognized, nationally portable credentials.
"American manufacturers frequently cite the need for a skilled workforce as among their top priorities," said NAM President and CEO John Engler. "Employers rely on the right workers with the right skills at the right time to drive innovation, increase productivity and remain globally competitive. Workers need the technical skills to access employment and advancement opportunities. The best way to prepare today's students and transitioning workers for the modern workforce is to offer training in nationally portable, industry-recognized certifications."
This legislation also aligns with the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System developed by the Manufacturing Institute. The system is built upon the framework of skills and competencies identified by manufacturers, for manufacturers, and prepares individuals with the necessary skills for jobs in all sectors of manufacturing.
"The NAM has long advocated this smart approach to education and training and we urge the Senate to act quickly on this bill," said Engler.
The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.