Closing the talent gap in manufacturing

Training for tomorrow

The number of open manufacturing jobs in the U.S. is at its highest point since 2000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Even as the unemployment rate remains quite low, significant segments of the population remain under employed or unemployed, lacking the skills necessary to compete for the higher-wage openings. Experts predict that by 2025 there will be two million unfilled manufacturing jobs. This mismatch impairs the ability of domestic manufactures to expand and weighs on overall economic growth.

To solve the problem manufacturers must consider a two-front approach:

  • attract and prepare new workers to compete for and succeed in higher-tech manufacturing jobs

  • accelerate efforts to increase technical productivity by digitizing the manufacturing process

In its search for a new generation of workers, manufacturers must turn to the millennial generation. However, attracting and retaining millennial talent to manufacturing has been a challenge.

Student Zone

Manufacturing in America - 2017 hosted its 2nd annual Student Zone where 9th through 12th grade students from Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties were able to participate in educational and hands-on workshops with manufacturing equipment.
The students experienced what an exciting career in manufacturing is all about and had the opportunity to apply for a 1-day internship with local manufacturing companies.

1-Day Internship Program

Siemens collaborates with businesses such as Patti Engineering, Electro-matic, Fori Automation and InTec Automated Controls, Inc., to empower students and give them exposure to manufacturing careers. In addition to educational workshops and hands-on exposure to manufacturing equipment, the Student Zone featured a designated area to inform companies exhibiting and high schools from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties about a 1-day high school internship

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