By Jill Worth, Marketing and Communications Specialist, The Rodon Group
There has been a great deal of attention paid to the skills gap facing American manufacturers. The gap needs to be addressed before we can develop the engineers and technicians of the future. A study from The National Defense Industrial Association
reported that between 5th and 12th grade, 74 percent of the children do not have access to or interest in STEM the coursework they need to thrive in today’s advanced manufacturing environment. Without this baseline education, our young people will not be qualified to fill the highly technical careers that are now the benchmark of a manufacturing environment.
But there is hope. Many companies are addressing this gap by working with local educators and school administrators to support and encourage STEM education. Some organizations partner with workforce development agencies to identify and groom future manufacturing candidates. Still others are using the “old” model of apprenticeships to grow their own talent internally.
ThomasNet recently posted a blog article that focuses on the future of manufacturing jobs and how the millennial generation apply. Linda Rigano, ThomasNet’s Executive Director of Media Relations states “ With new lines of products and services pairing with a steady trickle of Baby Boomers retiring, the industry is set to have a sizable uptick of job vacancies. As manufacturers increase headcount and look to fill current openings, a very valid question pops up: Who exactly will fill these jobs? Well, there’s a number of socially conscious, innovation-driving, job-hungry individuals seeking careers with security and growth potential — millennials.”
Based on their new Industry Marketing Barometer report, ThomasNet created a SlideShare presentation to highlight the reasons why manufacturers need millennials for future growth.
What impact is the skills shortage having on your business? Do you currently have millennial age employees within your company? We’d like to hear your feedback and thoughts on this topic.