Category Archives: Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Industry Continues to Grapple with the Skills Gap

Posted on January 16th, 2019
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Since 2009, the manufacturing industry has grappled with the problem of the skills gap, an issue growing a little bit bigger each year. For a while, industry proponents have hypothesized how it will deal with changes that will continue to intensify over time. 2018 was no exception with the what some dubbed the “Silver Tsunami”. The retirement of a growing number of Baby Boomers across the industry. The Silver Tsunami equated to approximately 391,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs unfilled in the first quarter of 2018. Frequently, those looking to solve the problem propose to mend the gap through the implementation of a robust apprenticeship system and trade school options. Proponents argue these measures could also improve long-standing issues of unemployment or underemployment for high school graduates (3.9 percent) and college dropouts (2.1 percent), numbers reported by the DOL in Sept. 2018….

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…