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Precision Metalforming Association Selected as National Partner to Grow Apprenticeships in Manufacturing

Initiative will enable more companies to provide students and workers with skills for success

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

or Christie Carmigiano


CLEVELAND, OH—November 30, 2016—The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is proud to be partnering with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), which has been selected by the United States Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing. PMA will work with NIMS to increase access to apprenticeships and assist employers in developing new programs that reach diverse talent pools. As part of this initiative, $500,000 is available to support companies in establishing a registered apprenticeship program with the Department of Labor.

“For more than two decades, NIMS has worked with companies, workforce-development groups and community colleges to start up high-caliber apprenticeship programs across the country,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS. “This contract gives us the unique opportunity to create more impact in our industry by expanding apprenticeships to under-represented populations and to new companies looking to establish a sustainable talent pipeline.” 

PMA is committed to expanding apprenticeship opportunities for its member companies and to help NIMS communicate the benefits that apprenticeships offer them. 

NIMS will focus on providing companies with tools and resources to develop customized registered apprenticeship programs. These programs combine on-the-job training with job-related classroom instruction and meet national standards for registration with the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agencies.

According to William E. Gaskin, PMA president, “Apprenticeships are an essential component in our strategy to address the skills shortage that continues to be a primary concern among companies in the metalforming industry. PMA has partnered with NIMS since its inception and is excited to be a part of this initiative to further our members’ workforce-development efforts.”

Other stakeholders supporting expansion of registered apprenticeships in manufacturing are:

  • AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology
  • National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) 
  • Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) 
  • Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) 
  • The Aluminum Association (AA) 
  • Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
  • Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), operated by ManufacturingUSA
  • Manufacturing Institute (MI), the workforce-development arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
  • National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC)
  • National Governors Association (NGA) 
  • National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network)

NIMS is seeking companies and industry partners interested in enhancing their talent pipelines through apprenticeships. Companies interested in building an apprenticeship program or organizations interested in partnering with NIMS should visit or e-mail the NIMS ApprenticeshipUSA team at

About PMA

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $137-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes.  Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.  PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM Mexico tradeshows, and MetalForming, Fabricating Product News and 3D Metal Printing magazines.

About NIMS

NIMS is the developer of quality competency-based skills standards and credentials for jobs in manufacturing and related industries.  In September 2016, NIMS was selected by the Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeship within manufacturing.  Through these efforts, NIMS certifies a safe and skilled workforce for the global economy.