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America’s talent gap: Manufacturing

by Ray Hayes

Manufacturing is the process through which raw materials are transformed into a final product or good.  While a major employment industry over the past century, Deloitte Manufacturing Institute has estimated that over 2 million jobs ma go unfilled over the next decade.  But why is this?  Well there are a few reasons as to why manufacturing is headed for a skills gap;

  1. Retirement:  As we all know Baby Boomers are slowly calling it quits and moving to the Southern regions of the U.S. for retirement.  As a result, almost every industry in America will have to deal with huge job openings within the coming decade. Reports estimate that more than 2.7 million jobs will go unfilled as Baby Boomers retire. 
  2. Decline of technical education programs: I was once taught that education is a matter of conversion, a transformation of sorts from the world of appearance into the world of reality. Due to the lack of technical skills training in High School, the shortage of skilled manufacturing workers has increased.  I believe technical education should be brought back to public schools to provide students with the opportunity to succeed outside of college opportunities.
  3. Poor Image: In order to attract more millennials to the manufacturing industry there needs to be overhaul of the image of the industry. If you break down the importance of the manufacturing in the US and aboard with opportunities, millennials will come. Therefore, the media has to be informed of the opportunities, public school system, and technical institutes. There basically needs to be a partnership or campaign that spreads the news of the manufacturing and I plan to help jump start this information.

The federal and state government also play a part in pushing for the growth of the talent in the industry. The Deloitte Manufacturing Institute’s report further explains things. “The federal government and state governments also play an active role in mitigating the talent shortage. For example, the U.S. government has supported state-wide apprenticeship programs, provided grants to community colleges, and distributed tax credits and loans to companies that hire skilled workers. The industry, in its own capacity, continues to engage with state-sponsored local schools, community colleges, and apprenticeship programs. None of these solutions on their own will close the gap, but together, manufacturers, educational institutions, communities, and government can provide a foundation to mitigate the skills gap over time.”

To learn more about the opportunities and studies on the manufacturing industry please click the links below:

http://www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org/

http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/~/media/827DBC76533942679A15EF7067A704CD.ashx

http://www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/skilled-labor-shortage2010.pdf

 

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