The Millstein commission, which was established to support the American standard of living and promote the creation of middle-class jobs, is chaired by Evan Bayh, former U.S. senator and governor of Indiana, and Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi. Participants in the commission include John Engler, president of Business Roundtable and a former governor of Michigan, and Jennifer Clark, director of the Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Urban Innovation, as well as journalists and representatives of nonprofit organizations and industry.
The Milstein Commission's report found that barriers currently exist that prevent many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) involved in U.S.-based manufacturing from pursuing needed workforce expansion. In connection with these issues, the report sets down six major proposals designed to accelerate innovation among manufacturing-focused SMEs. The proposals are:
In its role as the coordinator of the U.S. voluntary consensus standardization system and as a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), ANSI has longstanding involvement in efforts to use accreditation to bolster the legitimacy and validation of personnel certifications and certificate programs in a variety of different fields and sectors, with manufacturing an area of special interest.
The ANSI accreditation process for bodies operating certification programs for individuals is based on the international and American National Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons, the benchmark for personnel certification. This process is designed to provide assurance that accredited personnel certifiers are appropriately assessing the knowledge and skills possessed by professionals and have a re-certification program in place to ensure continual up-dating of the knowledge and skills in manufacturing and other industries, bolstering the mobility of these professionals and industry confidence in the legitimacy and market value of these certifications.
ANSI also carries out important work in this area through the ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP), which accredits organizations that issue education and training assessment-based certificates to the U.S. workforce. Launched in 2009, ANSI-CAP provides neutral, third-party attestation that a given certificate program meets ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, an American National Standard developed by ANSI member and audited designator ASTM International. By demonstrating compliance to this standard, accredited certificate programs give employers confidence that certificate-holding workers have acquired relevant knowledge and skills, producing a more qualified workforce.
To learn more about ANSI's accreditation activities, visit www.ansi.org/accreditation.