- Since 1998, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council system has been recognized by the federal National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) as the
"Voluntary Partnership" for manufacturing.
- In 2001, NSSB formally endorsed MSSC standards. Development involved 700 companies, 4000 frontline workers, 300 experts, $9 million public and private funds.
- From 2001 to present, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council built a comprehensive system to deliver training, assessment and credential for production workforce.
Core Knowledge and Skill Areas - In the four (4) critical work functions of production:
- Quality Practices and Measurement
- Manufacturing Processes and Production
- Maintenance Awareness
Elements of MSSC System
- Standards: Industry-led, federally recognized
- Training and Assessment [Note: would link site visitors with "Training and Assessment" web page (see attached
"Training and Assessment" web page content)]
- Certified Assessment Centers
- Instructor Certification Training
- Glencoe McGraw-Hill/MSSC textbook
- Assessment in four (4) critical work functions of production
- Certificates awarded for each assessment. Full "Certified Production Technician" (CPT) requires success in all four assessment modules
- Decreases recruitment costs by providing job candidates with industry-recognized credentials
- Serves to attract, motivate, and retain qualified employees
- Provides agile workers capable of keeping pace with technological change
- Increases training return on investment (ROI) by targeting to skill gaps benchmarked against national standards
- Offers a pipeline of skilled workers by embedding MSSC certification training into technical schools