A school that delves in teaching tech skills may work on improving the talents of older employees. Levit says this comes out of concerns that some employees who have served years in a company are now facing competition from younger applicants who have a wider set of skills but not much experience.
Many employers, especially manufacturers, tend to lean towards applicants who’ve earned and maintained various accreditations over the years, especially if one job opening they have requires a higher competency. For example, a professional technical college in Illinois offers Manufacturing Computer Numerical Control (CNC) courses that carry FANUC and NIMS Level I certifications. The training also includes studies on operations planning/management, system design, and practical exams carried out over actual CNC simulators. Levit says training on current-level technology enables an easier learning curve.