Are Millennials Changing Manufacturing?

Posted by Collin Gutman on 5/30/18 9:59 AM

You know all about millennials. You understand that they make up the biggest portion of the workforce, that they expect more guidance and clearer paths for career development, that they’re impacting every industry from paper products to farming.

Manufacturing is no exception. The millennial generation is looking at the manufacturing industry in new ways and expecting it to learn new tricks.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Manufacturing

What’s Next for U.S. Manufacturing? Industry Leaders Weigh In

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/6/17 9:46 AM

Today is the day! Each year, the National Association of Manufacturers hosted Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing intended to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The celebration of Manufacturing Day extends well into October, with businesses and community organizations planning events, such as factory visits and learning sessions, throughout the month.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap, Manufacturing, workforce training

The Mark Twain-ing of American Manufacturing

Posted by Collin Gutman on 10/6/17 8:50 AM

Mark Twain once famously said, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  American manufacturing certainly seems able to make that claim.

After more than a decade of doomsayers touting the rise of Asian manufacturing, or Mexican manufacturing, or whatever location to which offshoring seems to start flowing next, IndustryWeek reported that American manufacturing is growing at its fastest pace in 13 years.1

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Topics: Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, Industrial, Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, workforce training

The Apprenticeship Guide: 5 Tips for Launching Your Own Apprentice Program

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 6/19/17 1:47 PM

While we often hear about apprentice programs in the skilled trades industries like construction and manufacturing, apprenticeships exist in over 1,000 occupations across the U.S., including Healthcare, Information Technology, and Energy.1 As a proven solution for employers to recruit, train and retain a skilled workforce, apprenticeship programs continue to receive significant support from the federal government. In fact, the Labor Department is pushing to expand apprenticeships into a wider range of fields, including retail, policing, and more.

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Topics: Employers, Training, Skills Gap, Apprenticeship, Manufacturing, Skilled Trades

The Apprenticeship Guide: Altering the Perception of Manufacturing in the U.S.

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 5/23/17 4:27 PM

Dark, dirty, and dangerous. While the manufacturing industry has evolved dramatically over the last few decades, many Americans might still use these terms to describe a factory today. In fact, skilled trades industries across the board still suffer from the perception gap that the occupations in their fields involve dirty and low-level work, without much opportunity for career growth. In the second installment of our apprenticeship series, we will provide an overview of the perception gap in manufacturing in the U.S., why it is such a significant issue, and ways businesses can address the gap.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Training, Apprenticeship, Manufacturing

What Is the Role of Higher Education in American Manufacturing?

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 4/3/17 5:03 PM

With the advent of increased automation and high-tech manufacturing tools, revolutionary ways of doing work have begun to bridge the collegiate and blue collar divide. Plant managers and manufacturing business owners need workers with specific skills to fill integral positions. Consequently, employers are becoming increasingly focused on training their current staff to fill these roles and urging candidates to take courses that certify them for modern, tech-heavy work. 

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Topics: Employers, Education, Skills Gap, Industrial, Manufacturing, Higher Ed

The Role of Technology & Training in the Resurgence of U.S. Manufacturing

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 3/18/17 12:30 AM

For many, the industry most-associated with the term “skills gap” remains manufacturing in the United States. The story of the decline of US manufacturing has been relayed many times over the past few decades; in 2016, CNN Money stated that 5 million manufacturing jobs had been lost since 2000.1 But the reality is that the industry is facing a resurgence. Many look to modern training programs as enablers of new growth within the industry's skilled workforce. But how have these learning and development options actually evolved? How can the lessons learned about training in the manufacturing industry be applied to other markets in the economy?

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Skills Gap, Industrial, Manufacturing

 

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