House Small Business Committee Chairman Don Manzullo (R-IL) today joined national manufacturing leaders in announcing a new program to train and certify workers in the advanced skills demanded by today's American manufacturers.
Manzullo, who chairs the House Manufacturing Caucus, joined National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO John Engler, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council CEO Leo Reddy, and other manufacturing leaders for today's announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
A full 80 percent of manufacturers surveyed are having trouble finding qualified and skilled production employees, according to a recent NAM study. NAM estimates that U.S. manufacturers will face a 10 million skilled-workers shortage by 2020 if current trends go unchecked.
Manzullo, who represents a heavy manufacturing district in northern Illinois, has been working with Leo Reddy and Rock Valley College President Dr. Jack Becherer to establish a similar certification program in Rockford, Illinois. Manzullo recently secured $200,000 in a House appropriations bill to help fund the local certification program.
Manzullo often visits with local manufacturers, and the number one complaint is that they can't find employees who possess the advanced skills necessary in today's manufacturing climate.