The skills gap in manufacturing is the mismatch between the number of job openings that are currently available (or forecast to be available over time) and the number of qualified people to fill those positions. This gap is widening due to the fact that there aren’t enough people in education and training programs at this time to fill current and future positions. 

The Right Skills Now Rapid Ready Training for Manufacturing program rolled out in a select number of states a few years ago. The Right Skills Now program was started by The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, NIMS, The Manufacturing Institute and ACT as a fast-track pathway to deliver for-credit training that could lead an individual through a 16-week training program to an industry credential and a job. 

The program is built on stackable credentials, combining ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate as the foundation and a NIMS competency-based industry-supported credential for demand-driven machining and metalworking skills.

Developing a highly skilled workforce and a consistent pipeline of talent throughout your organization is the key critical ingredient to your sustained success. The challenge will get worse before it gets better as baby boomers retire at a rate of about 10,000 per month across all industries, and as general economic expansion continues in advanced manufacturing due to new innovations in technology and products.

A recent Deloitte report suggests that the skills gap could grow from about 300,000 today to two million by 2025.

For job seekers, Right Skills Now is a fast path to a current job opening, and more importantly, it’s a pathway to a long-term career in manufacturing, the industry that drives or enables all new technologies in the U.S. and globally.

Right Skills Now is a fast-track talent innovation to ensure that manufacturers have the right people with the right skills in the right jobs — right now. 

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