Stiles Machinery announced that Stiles Education now provides training that is in compliance with the woodworking industry's skill standards as developed by the Wood Career Alliance of North America.
The WCA skill standards were developed to provide a means for employers, employees and educational institutions to determine at what level a worker should execute tool and machinery setup, operation and troubleshooting. Skill standards range from properly feeding material to performing complex troubleshooting. During Stiles Education classes, students are taught how to operate machinery at a level to meet the published skill standards, which validates their ability to produce work at a required complexity or quality.
Duane Griffiths, manager of educational services for Stiles, says companies from all sectors of the wood industry, small and large, need employees that meet these standards. This will better assure employers that personnel can successfully complete their job assignments, increasing a company's competitive edge.
The soon-to-be released 2010 Stiles Education course catalog will identify the courses that are aligned with the skill standards.