The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) is the workforce affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association. MSI brings together world class training and industry certifications to deliver complete workforce solutions for VMA members and communities. The MSI's goal is to close the interest and workforce skills gaps by 2020 by changing the perception of Advanced Technology Industries, such as manufacturing, and ensuring access to industry credentials. MSI Workforce Solutions include: (1) career awareness through our award-winning Dream it. Do it. Virginia (DIDIVA) career information system; (2) industry credentials and certificates designed for skill mastery of entry-level production occupations; and (3) certificates in the areas of safety, hygiene, energy and lean principles, and (4) over 1,600 online industrial courses. MSI demands that the quality and quantity of the current workforce and the talent pipeline keeps United States manufacturing globally competitive.
The MSI Academic and Workforce Partner Network offers MSI Workforce Solutions in your community. MSI now has over 100 Academic and Workforce Partners across nine (9) states delivering MSI Workforce Solutions. Partners include High Schools, Middle Schools, Technical Centers, Community Colleges, Universities, and Workforce Training Organizations. For a complete list of MSI Workforce Solutions and Academic and Workforce Partners, please visit the MSI website.
VMA Testimonial - DuPont Protection Systems, Richmond VA
DuPont Adopted the Manufacturing Technician Level 1 © (MT1) certification as a preferred skill for their hiring process, conducted training with new hires and has a renewed effort to improve people capability.
"Industry credentials simplify the hiring process and they save us $ in overtime and lost productivity. Employees participating are more knowledgeable and confident in manufacturing operations. Improved hiring, on-boarding and job specific training has translated into improved safety performance and productivity."
MSI Offers Online Resources to Connect VMA Members with Talent
VMA is launching interactive Company Profiles through its DIDIVA career information system. The system simplifies the career planning experience that directly connects more than 10,000 individual users with local and regional employers, letting you amplify opportunities for employment, internships, apprenticeships and job shadowing. You can even promote specific industry certifications and preferred applicant qualifications through your Company Profile.
DIDIVA serves as your company's outreach and recruitment tool. Don't miss this opportunity to recruit from MSI training partner program completers, community colleges, career centers and more! MSI will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m. to demonstrate DIDIVA Company Profiles and how your company can manage its profile.
For more information and funding resources available contact Vanessa Rastberger, MSI Workforce Solutions Manager: (804) 643-7489, ext. 123 or
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