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 misconceptions of days gone by when manufacturing was viewed as dirty work. To correct misconceptions at the source, the industry offered its own celebration of modern manufacturing.

Month-Long Celebration

Recognized as the first Friday in October, this year’s National Manufacturing Day fell on October 5. Initiated in 2012 by the Obama Administration, National Manufacturing Day highlights the many positives of working in the manufacturing industry while dispelling dated misconceptions about the industry and its related work. National Manufacturing Day celebrations continue throughout the month of October, welcoming potential job seekers and students with an insider’s look at factories, hands-on demonstrations and participation in career-exploration panels.

National Manufacturing Day 2018

This year, a growing number of events hosted manufacturers of tomorrow. In California, manufacturers welcomed science, technology, engineering and math graduates to explore new technologies. Similar celebrations also occurred throughout the U.S. and with manufacturers in Canada and Mexico.

Such an introduction has the potential to entice an additional 171,000 new members to the manufacturing workforce, according to a survey from Deloitte. The survey showed improved perceptions related to modernization within the industry could buffer the ongoing skills gap and help fill an estimated 3.5 million open jobs between now and 2025.

Efforts from manufacturers throughout North America also improve the collective perception of manufacturing and have the potential to increase the prosperity of all involved, further defining and renewing the future of manufacturing.

Forward Momentum

This year, there were more than 2,697 Manufacturing Day events scheduled in North America. The annual event is supported by efforts from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI) the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST), and Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). NAM produces National Manufacturing Day with support from MEP and MI. Visit MFGDay.com to learn more about National Manufacturing Day and start preparing for 2019.

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