Closing The Gap : A Look Into The Industrial Manufacturing Skills Gap

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Closing the Gap: A Look into the Industrial Manufacturing Skills Gap In the growing technological world, more and more young professionals are joining the workforce looking into careers based in software innovation or consulting. With the majority of new graduates leaning away from industrial careers, there is a growing abyss between the number of skilled manufacturing positions available and the workforce needed to fill them. According to Paul Golden, founder and managing partner of Schilling Ventures, LLC., “the biggest obstacle facing the manufacturing sector today is the lack of skilled training.” In order to close the skills gap threatening these industries, companies will need to implement innovative programs directed at enticing and educating the incoming workforce to all the benefits offered by these careers. Careers in the manufacturing industry, especially the high skill positions, were once considered to be a sure and steady road to the American dream. However with the many shifts in societal perceptions and definitions of said dream, children growing up after the baby boomer generation are less interested in working in trade and often believe it to be a less than glamorous life style. In a 2015 study done by the Manufacturing Institute, which is a not for profit agency affiliated with the National Association of Manufacturers, and in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, they found that “Generation Y (ages 19-33 years) respondents ranked manufacturing last as a career choice.” In the same study they found that while seven out of ten parents believed having manufacturing jobs in their community would be beneficial, only three out of ten parents said they would encourage their children in to manufacturing as... ... middle of paper ... ...y blue collar labor jobs. The companies facing the skills gap are need to spread the word about their programs farther. Parents need to educate themselves and their children as to the advantages and responsibilities afforded in these careers. Communities need to start coming together to support the manufacturing businesses around them because these companies bring income and jobs to the areas they reside in. If the paths to enter these professions were more readily talked about and therefore understood, perhaps the stigma that sticks to them would disappear. Children should be encouraged to be engineers and precision machinists as readily as they are encouraged to be doctors, lawyers, and teachers. There is pride to be had in knowing one has helped create a system or a part that can bring clean water to communities or a piece that may save someone’s life one day.

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