Right Skills Now focuses on in-demand skills in CNC operations, programming and machining, which will account for 14 to 22 percent of job growth by 2024, according to NIMS. NIMS and its partners developed Right Skills Now in response to the manufacturing skills gap, and through it participants earn a career readiness credential and four stackable NIMS credentials via an education partner. They also obtain basic workplace experience and skills through a company-sponsored internship.
The three main models listed are:
1. Fast-Tracked, For-Credit Career Training, which is the accelerated route, using modular curriculum, allowing individuals to gain credentials and academic credit.
2. Industry Credentials with Value in the Workplace, which supports students in their transition to employment while continuing their studies and accumulation of industry-recognized credentials.
3. Pathways to Advancement and Degrees, which offers participants the opportunity to continue their educational goals while working to help advance within their career pathway.
Right Skills Now can be used as an entry-level training program for new or transitioning employees or as a pre-apprenticeship program that provides foundational skills and experiences for individuals pursuing full-time apprenticeships.