ASQ and The Manufacturing Institute Partner to Train Next Generation of Skilled Workers

ASQ and The Manufacturing Institute Partner to Train Next Generation of Skilled Workers

For Immediate Release

Retiring baby boomers creating void of qualified employees

Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 17, 2012ASQ has joined forces with The Manufacturing Institute and other organizations in an effort to educate a workforce needed to fill the gap of retiring workers and to help companies compete in a global economy.

ASQ, the leading authority on quality in all fields, organizations and industries, brings its expertise and certification offerings in quality to The Manufacturing Institute’s Manufacturing Skills Certification System, which is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. ASQ offers 17 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Calibration Technician, Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Inspector, all of which will be promoted within the Skills Certification System.

The Skills Certification System also will include ASQ’s full training portfolio, including certification preparation training and professional development for workers at any stage of their career. ASQ also offers training for employers, helping businesses and their workers advance the ideas, tools, techniques and systems that will help meet the needs of tomorrow’s critical challenges.

“We’re excited about this new partnership with ASQ,” said Emily Stover DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute. “As a global leader in quality, ASQ will train and provide workers with the advanced skills manufacturers need now and in the future.”

The Skills Certification System was developed to directly address the deficits in manufacturing education and training, which are limiting the pool of qualified candidates for high-quality manufacturing jobs.

Furthermore, the Skills Certification System was created to develop students’ science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, -related skills to prepare them for a career in advanced manufacturing.

According to The Manufacturing Institute, 82 percent of manufacturers report moderate to severe shortages of qualified workers. Additionally, 69 percent of manufacturers expect the shortage of qualified workers to worsen in the next 3 to 5 years.

“While manufacturing is leading the economic recovery in the United States, it’s been complicated because fewer workers are qualified to replace retiring baby boomers, who are retiring with vast amounts of knowledge and experience,” said ASQ CEO Paul Borawski. “This partnership brings together the expertise of The Manufacturing Institute and ASQ’s reputation in the quality community to better prepare workers and companies for the future.”

ASQ joins 14 other leading organizations representing multiple industry sectors offering skills certification programs. To view these organizations and learn more about them, visit

ASQ is the only organization in the partnership that deals specifically in the quality field, providing training and certifications directly related to quality.

About ASQ
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations, and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India, and Mexico. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies, and training at

About The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501 (c) 3 affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute focuses on developing human capital strategies through education reform and workforce development, conducting applied research to provide critical information to public policy makers on challenges and opportunities for today's industry, and advancing the innovation capacity of manufacturers operating in a global market. Visit

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