Category Archives: Edge Prep

Apprenticeships are One Way to Fight the Skills Gap

Posted on September 13th, 2018
apprenticeships

Throughout the U.S., unemployment is at an all-time low. While this is good news for the country at large, it is complicating matters for employers in the manufacturing industry who are looking to hire. The challenge to hire skilled workers remains a problem throughout manufacturing with 78 percent of manufacturers citing a lack of qualified candidates. This deficiency is one of the top two factors impacting the ability to hire a skilled workforce, according to Tooling U-SME, a provider of competency-based learning and development solutions for the manufacturing community. The deficit of a skilled workforce also means manufacturers that are unable to fill these positions are experiencing a loss in productivity and quality losses, which impacts the company’s overall ability to grow. While such issues are well-established, more than half of companies surveyed, 54 percent, still do not have plans…

Right Now is The Time to Consider a Career in Manufacturing

Posted on June 4th, 2018
manufacturing jobs

Post-graduation and the world is filled with opportunities. Depending on that’s next, this might include a summer working or an extended vacation before deciding what’s next, whether that’s attending a junior college or university, signing up for specialized training at a vocational school or entering the armed forces. What you might not realize is that each of those options could also be a path leading toward a career in manufacturing. A two-year trade or vocational school could provide opportunities to learn machine tool building, welding and computer equipment programming skills. A university path could supply further advancement toward the critical science and math skills necessary for an engineering degree. Or, military enlistment could translate into a position as a technician, welder, machinist or analyst. Over the last decade, manufacturing has undergone many beneficial changes that make it the perfect launch…