In some cases, industry recognized certifications are created and made available through recognized organizations that bring consistency and standardization to these credentials. Some examples include:
In June 2018, Boeing launched new workforce development programs, an online network of resources designed to make learning more accessible to employees at all levels of the company. A new partnership with Degreed.com will provide employees with access to online lessons, certification courses and degree programs. The investment will also fund several programs to help employees enhance technical skills and understand industry trends, tools, and technologies. Boeing also made a $6 million investment in the future technical workforce through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and several Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The strategic investment will support scholarships, internships, and immersive “boot camp” programs to help students experience what it’s like to work at Boeing. The company plans to announce additional employee education investments later in 2018.
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
MSSC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, industry-led training, assessment, and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers need. The nationwide MSSC System, based on industry-defined and federally endorsed standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary skills for the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. MSSC offers two certifications for this workforce: Certified Production Technician and Certified Logistics Technician.
Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI)
The Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1) certification program develops the core industry-wide skills standards required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing: (1) Math and Measurement, (2) Spatial Reasoning and Manufacturing Technology, and (3) Business Acumen and Quality, measuring an individual’s skills attainment in 12 critical technical skills.
National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3)
A coalition of colleges and businesses has created a workforce development program for training and professional certification through a partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers. Coalition members are provided with resources and expert consultation including tools and equipment, facility planning, faculty training, and support needed to develop and deliver professional certification programs linked to company-specific tools and occupations in industries such as aviation, energy, manufacturing, and transportation, among others.
- About National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3)
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National Retail Federation
The National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation brought together dozens of retailers and nonprofits to launch RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills & Education), a new training and credentialing initiative designed by NRF and leading retailers to help entry-level retail workers and jobseekers learn retail industry fundamentals as well as basic and advanced customer service and sales skills. Through RISE Up’s learning portal, users can access training and exam materials, take exams, get reports of their progress, and access digital badges, among other services.