Learn more about the core partners behind the Right Skills Now — the Manufacturing Institute, ACT, the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, and the President’s Job Council.
The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council)
The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council) was created to provide non-partisan advice to the President on continuing to strengthen the Nation’s economy and ensure the competitiveness of the United States and on ways to create jobs, opportunity, and prosperity for the American people.
The Jobs Council is made up of members appointed by the President from among distinguished citizens outside the Federal Government, including citizens chosen to serve as representatives of the various sectors of the economy to offer the diverse perspectives of the private sector, employers, and workers on how the Federal Government can best foster growth, competitiveness, innovation, and job creation.
The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute is a Washington, DC-based organization affiliated with the National Association of Manufacturers and dedicated to improving and expanding manufacturing in the United States. The Institute can best be described as part think tank, part solutions center. In partnership with some of the leading consulting firms in the country, the Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and then applies that research to develop and identify solutions that are implemented by companies, schools, governments, and organizations across the country.
ACT, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves as a worldwide leader in educational research and measurement expertise. It is widely recognized for providing comprehensive solutions that promote college and workforce readiness for individuals. Its solutions include the National Career Readiness Certificate, a meaningful credential issued to individuals who possess essential skills that are directly related to work. The Certificate is the centerpiece of a nationwide initiative based on the WorkKeys® system, which includes assessments, research data linking skills to job requirements, and learning tools for improving foundational skills. ACT provides its solutions in support of its institutional mission: Helping people achieve education and workplace success.
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the precision manufacturing industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. NIMS operates under rigorous and highly disciplined processes as the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). NIMS certifies individual skills against the 24 NIMS national standards. The NIMS credentialing program requires that the candidate meet both industry designed performance and theory requirements. There are 48 distinct NIMS skill certifications covering the processes in precision manufacturing from entry to master levels.