WORKFORCE

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NASCO has become a tireless advocate for increased manufacturing and logistics worker training and certification as an essential factor to increase North American economic competitiveness. Retaining and attracting capital investment and new job creation across the NASCO network is related directly to the quality and quantity of skilled workers available. 

We are proud to be working on the first EVER tri-national workforce pilot between Canada, the United States and Mexico using the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) certification system. We believe a portable, North American workforce credential would be beneficial in supporting the supply chain business between our three countries. 

In order to further evaluate the benefit and commonality of the MSSC Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification system within the NASCO Community, we are implementing a pilot program involving CLT’s foundational level module: Certified Logistics Associate (CLA). We will have a minimum of 3 companies participate in a program focused only on CLA at this point. 

As part of its work, NASCO also has played a major role in encouraging the widespread adoption of its member, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), who has developed the logistics workforce and training certification standards, the Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician (CLA/CLT) credentials. The MSSC credentials were developed from 2008-2010 with the critical support of the North Central Texas Workforce Solutions workforce development board and NASCO has provided a platform and continuous promotion of the importance and value of the credentials across North America.

Not only has NASCO educated and stimulated adoption of the CLA/CLT in school districts, high schools, technical schools and community colleges within the USA, but it also has spearheaded the effort to urge Mexico to adopt the CLA/CLT as a standard for its fast-growing logistics and supply chain industry. NASCO also has led the way in introducing MSSC and its CLA/CLT program into Canada through outreach efforts with the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME).

The benefit of this focus is having our tri-national trade and transportation network noted for having developed and produced the world’s best training and certification programs for new workers, incumbent workers and managers entering the crucial field of logistics and materials.

In addition we have the following workforce initiatives and partnerships underway:

  • University undergraduate and graduate NASCO themed research projects  
  • Partnerships with Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
    Offering certified logistics associate and technician courses 
  • Partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers Manufacturing Institute 
    NAM Endorsed Skills Certification System