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National Manufacturing Day 2018 Opened Doors and Opened Minds

Posted on October 18th, 2018
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Qualified candidates are always in demand and staffing the manufacturing industry is no exception. When it comes to connecting with and inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, innovation and open-mindedness are where to start, and National Manufacturing Day 2018 didn’t disappoint. This year’s Open Doors, Open Minds theme helped attract new generations to the manufacturing industry with celebrations highlighting what’s new in the industry throughout the month of October. Participants enjoyed seeing new technological advances and were pleasantly surprised to see the growing range of manufacturing applications from auto and aeronautics to medical and chemical. National Manufacturing Day introduced younger generations to the many career opportunities in the manufacturing field. Such possibilities continue to grow each year as the industry discovers more ways to blend traditional manufacturing processes with new advances in technology. Despite this, the industry still must combat…

Apprenticeships are One Way to Fight the Skills Gap

Posted on September 13th, 2018
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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…