EWI Announces Commitment to National Accelerated Welder Training Project at Clinton Global Initiative America 2013

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In response to the call of CGI America, technology innovator EWI has committed to accelerating training and credentialing of the next generation of skilled welders for U.S. manufacturing. The new program will inject 25,000 qualified welders into the American workforce in the next three years.

Technology innovator EWI is based in Columbus, OH
We are confident that our welder training program will significantly contribute to increasing the quantity and quality of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector as demands continue to rise.

EWI, the nation’s leading organization for manufacturing, welding and joining innovation, is launching a far-reaching program to educate and train 25,000 welders in the United States over the next three years. The Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, finalized on June 14, 2013, at the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) Manufacturing Working Group meeting in Chicago, is aimed at helping to stem the critical shortage of skilled replacement workers facing American companies as the economy continues to improve.

EWI and its affiliate RealWeld Systems Inc. are poised to introduce advancements in welder training and credentialing that will set the standard for the future. Utilizing the RealWeld Trainer™, a powerful motion-capture system that tracks and measures a welder’s technique during live welding, the two partners will develop badge credentials for industry-specific welding procedures based on the Mozilla Open Badges standard. These badge credentials and welding procedures can be incorporated into an existing curriculum of welding instruction.

The American Welding Society (AWS), Weld-Ed, and The Manufacturing Institute have joined the endeavor as partners to help develop training standards, build on best practices, and define a certification system. Once in place, the program will be implemented through a network of 200 community colleges, career centers, and training sites.

“It is an honor to affirm EWI’s commitment to developing the American workforce of the future through the Clinton Global Initiative,” said Henry Cialone, EWI President and CEO. “Along with our partners, we are confident that our welder training program will significantly contribute to increasing the quantity and quality of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector.”

About EWI and RealWeld Systems, Inc.

EWI is an international thought-leader on materials joining and allied technologies. It uses manufacturing technology innovation to increase the competitiveness of over 1,200 member locations of global leaders in the advanced energy, aerospace, automotive, government/defense, heavy manufacturing, oil and gas, and consumer products industries. EWI also operates a variety of technology-based centers and consortia to further increase U.S. manufacturing innovation. To learn more, visit http://www.ewi.org, email info(at)ewi(dot)org, or call 614.688.5000.

RealWeld Systems, Inc. manufacturers and distributes RealWeld Trainer™, the first and only welding training solution on the market that digitally records motions and objectively scores welding technique while performing real welds under production conditions. RealWeld Systems, Inc. was founded in 2012 by EWI, the innovation leader in manufacturing technologies. Visit http://www.realweldsystems.com for more information or follow @realweld on Twitter.

About CGI America

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more 200 commitments valued at $13.4 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.

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RealWeld Systems Inc. is the maker of the RealWeld Trainer