ACT and the National Association of Manufacturers

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ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate is at the heart of a new skills certification system designed to address America’s workforce crisis head on.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), through The Manufacturing Institute, is partnering with ACT on a Manufacturing Skills Certification System to increase the number of qualified workers. A joint initiative will align industry-recognized skills certifications with career and educational pathways. The NAM is the nation’s largest industrial trade association, with a reach to more than 100,000 companies and 13 million workers. The Manufacturing Institute is the arm of the NAM focused on education, workforce, innovation support, and research.

Emily Stover DeRocco, former president of The Manufacturing Institute and senior vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

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  • Workforce Crisis and ACT as NAM Partner
  • Starts with Skills
  • The Certificate
  • Skills Required and Advantages for Employers
  • Postsecondary Education Required
  • Manufacturing Jobs Available

Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute


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  • Why ACT and The Certificate
  • Million-Dollar Investment in Every New Hire

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The National Career Readiness Certificate is the world-class market leader in ensuring young adults are equipped with the basic academic skills necessary to pursue additional education, training, and employment in the manufacturing industry. The partnership between the NAM and ACT is critically important to begin addressing the workforce crisis. Emily Stover DeRocco, former president of The Manufacturing Institute and senior vice president of the NAM