Q: What separates SACA’s Industry 4.0 credentials from those offered by other companies?
JW: “What’s unique about SACA is that our certifications cover all the tasks encountered in an Industry 4.0 occupation, like the blending of IT and manufacturing skills, which is absolutely essential in modern smart factories. Most other certifications focus on one particular task or a specific brand of equipment. SACA pulled together industry leaders, from various types of manufacturing, that had the expertise required to develop standards and certifications for the occupations encountered in Industry 4.0 occupations. No other certification organization has done this.
Another difference is SACA’s micro-credentials. While other organizations have certifications that take months to prepare for, SACA’s micro-credentials can be quickly earned and used to acquire a rewarding job while the individual continues to work towards additional credentials.”
Q: Why should schools partner with SACA? What benefits will they get from the partnership?
JW: “For all of our high school and college education members, they have the opportunity to provide their students with positive proof of their Industry 4.0 skills using SACA’s certifications. By providing proof of a SACA credential – a credential, if I might add, that carries heavy weight in the industrial sector – immediately gives learners a leg-up in the hiring process by simply having a SACA certification, thanks in large part to those industry leaders who helped create our standards. As a member of SACA, educational organizations can certify an unlimited number of individuals with zero cost to the student.
In addition to credentials, though, these companies that have invested their time and effort want to see how its participants are performing. So your school and program will be firmly on the radar for the FANUCs and Rockwell Automations of the world, vaulting your program’s visibility both locally and nationally. Advertising your program as a SACA Certification Site not only attracts interest from local industries, but it also works as a great recruiting tool to attract incoming students.”
Q: What can SACA do for Industry?
JW: “It’s pretty much the same as schools, but with a few different options. We have varying levels for Industry involvement, which can be catered to fit individual company size. However the fact remains that there is a skills gap out there and those positions need to be filled by individuals with the right skill set. But right now, it is extremely difficult to find those people. So probably the best benefit that we can offer industries is what our whole concept is about – verifying that individuals have the proper set of skills for Industry 4.0 So by becoming a SACA member, it allows you to help provide this certification process in your local areas.”