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Encouraging STEM Skills in Manufacturing

Posted on November 19th, 2019
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Science, technology, engineering and math are critical keystones for the longevity of many industries, including manufacturing. Recognizing the skills gap rapidly approaching as fewer students decide to focus on STEM-related subjects, a variety of non-profit and educational organizations are stepping up to the plate to begin rectifying the situation one student at a time. These resources are diverse. Children can find introduction and skill building for STEM at the local library with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and Girls Who Code, just to name a few. While many of these examples will generate dividends in the future, the manufacturing industry is one of several industries already facing a skills gap as a lack of employees possess STEM-related skills. With 2.4 million STEM jobs projected to go unfilled, industries are looking for ways to mend the gap with more immediacy….

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….