65% of Virginia’s annual employment openings in manufacturing are in jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a Bachelor’s Degree; these high-paying jobs require industry certifications that validate “middle skills” attainment.

69% of Virginia’s manufacturers report entry-level workers do not have the manufacturing technology skills needed for advanced technology jobs.

There is a projected shortfall of 11,000 skilled technicians for career opportunities in Virginia’s modern manufacturing sector.

To respond to the advanced technology skills gap, Dream it. Do it. Virginia has partnered with the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) to promote the Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) and Manufacturing Specialist (MS) Certifications. These certifications address the core technical competencies required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing.   

Manufacturing Skills Institute Certifications:

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Individuals may pursue MS and MT1 certifications at MSI Academic and Workforce Partners in Virginia. For a complete list of training providers and to find one near you, please visit the Manufacturing Skills Institute: http://manufacturingskillsinstitute.org/training-provider-locations/

If you live in Central Virginia check out the Community College Workforce Alliance Partner Profile Page! ( use a link or word it so that can still click on the hyperlinked wording to go to the profile).