Yesterday, Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL) filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act which adds industry recognized credentials to the Department of Defense Pilot Program on Receipt of Civilian Credentialing for Military Occupational Skills. One of the greatest challenges facing manufacturers today is this inability to find the skilled talent needed for today’s modern manufacturing. The skills obtained in the military are highly sought after in the private sector; however it is often difficult to align those skills with civilian job descriptions. It is our hope that this pilot program, with the inclusion of industry-recognized credentials, will begin to bridge that gap.
By using industry-recognized credentials as the basis for identifying competencies, separating military will know exactly what jobs they are qualified for and employers will have a better understanding of which candidates possess the skills required. The NAM supports Congressman Walsh’s amendment and urges its adoption.
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