Manufacturing’s $6 Billion Problem


By Leslie Parady

America’s manufacturers are desperate for qualified workers to fill their currently available jobs and Deloitte estimates the need is going to grow to over 2.4 million openings by 2028. Manufacturers are struggling to overcome three workforce challenges unique to the industry:

  1. Recruiting from a population that still perceives the industry as “dirty, dark and dangerous”
  2. Increasingly advanced technologies and automation that raise the entry-level job to the status of technician
  3. The lack of a standardized credential that makes it difficult to ascertain skills prior to hire 

Simply put, manufacturers can’t find employees with the aptitude, knowledge, skills and training to do the job in a 21st century manufacturing environment.


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