Manufacturing is gaining momentum in the U.S., but how do we prevent the shortage of skilled workers from bringing it to a screeching halt?
Over the past decade, the manufacturing renaissance has been a driving force in the country’s economic recovery. And it makes sense — after all, every dollar spent in manufacturing returns $1.37 to the economy, and every 100 new manufacturing jobs creates an additional 250 jobs in other sectors. Yet even as the industry continues to pick up speed, the generation responsible for this resurgence is looking toward retirement.
Nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in the next 10 years, according to a recent study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. Due to the growing skills gap, however, as many as 2 million of those jobs won’t have experienced workers to step in and fill them.1
In addition to baby boomer retirement and economic expansion, the shortage of skilled workers can be attributed to the increasingly technical nature of manufacturing work and the decline in related education programs. It also doesn’t help that many young adults have a negative perception of the manufacturing industry. So how do we turn things around?
By getting students excited about manufacturing and ensuring they have the tools they need to carve out a career for themselves:
- Make new skills training more accessible In addition to providing co-op and internship programs, consider offering ongoing training classes. Whether provided onsite at your facility or through online seminars, courses can feature a range of topics — from project management to team building.
- Partner with technical schools and community colleges
These collaborations can yield robust community outreach programs and design curriculums that attract new talent and provide temp-to-hire positions for new grads. Recruiting partnerships get students excited about supporting real engineering and design projects.
- Encourage positive attitudes toward the manufacturing industry
The Deloitte study also indicated that those with high manufacturing familiarity rank it higher as a career choice. One of the best ways to steer recent graduates toward manufacturing is to expose them to real engineering projects and provide them with real-world experience early on.
To learn more, attend our free webinar on December 15 to learn how you can close your skills gap for good by hiring the right people and home-growing the knowledge you need. Ram Ramamoorthy, Strategic Manufacturing Solutions Manager at MAVERICK Technologies will be on hand to discuss how to train new engineers properly and mold them to fit your company culture, as well as how to perform a skills-gap analysis to learn your team’s strengths and weaknesses. The presentation will include a question-and-answer session so you can get expert advice on the spot.
Meet the Presenter
Ram Ramamoorthy has 13 years of industrial automation experience. He is currently the Strategic Manufacturing Solutions Manager at MAVERICK Technologies overseeing the Sustaining Services practice. Ram has been in this position for 4 years and is responsible for the daily operations of the Global Operations Center, PlantFloor24. He is responsible for staffing, training and developing PlantFloor24 resources. The center provides a wide range of on-demand industrial control system and manufacturing IT support services on a 24/7/365 basis. Ram has a master’s in electrical engineering from the Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and works in MAVERICK’s Columbia, IL office.
1 “The skills gap in U.S. manufacturing 2015 and beyond,” The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, 2015