Initial skill standards released and tested
Progress already has been made on both fronts. Last summer, WCA released Wood- work Manufacturing Skill Standards for 33 woodworking tools. Says Scott Nelson, WCA president, âOur mission is to develop standards for the full range of tools critical to our industry. Weâve identified the next 30 tools and machines for which we will develop standards in 2010.
âWood shops and training institutions throughout the country are currently testing the initial standards with their employees and students and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,â he continues.
WCA also has begun developing a national credential program for woodworkers to demonstrate their competency in in-plant woodworking skills and earn credentials recognized throughout North America. Credentials will be based on the Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards. Woodworkers will receive a âWoodwork Passportâ in which they will gather an array of âtool stampsâ validating their tool proficiencies throughout their career. The first phase of the Woodwork Passport Program will be rolled out in 2010.
Corporate sponsorships available now
Most recently, WCA announced a Corporate Sponsor Program to accompany the new skill standards and national credential program. One corporate sponsorship is available for each tool or machine included in the Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards.
In recognition of their support, sponsorsâ logos will be placed at the top of the tool or machine skill standards, which will be distributed in hard copy and electronically to training institutions, woodworking shops, associations and foundations throughout North America.
âThis is a great opportunity for industry suppliers to market their companies on a limited budget and gain high visibility to the people who buy and use their products,â Nelson says.
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