The Future of Manufacturing

20 million baby boomers are expected to retire over the next five years– and skilled labor jobs stand to undergo a widening skills gap as that happens. The manufacturing sector stands to be among those most affected.

As Rob Spiegel writes at Design News:

The big challenge is that there is not a hoard of qualified workers ready to fill retirees’ jobs. “Between 22% and 25% of the manufacturing experts are going to retire soon, and there is not this pull of talent out there to augment this pool drain,” Brian Fortney, global business manager for Training Services at Rockwell Automation, told Design News. “Manufacturers are not addressing this with the right amount of energy. They have to get into apprenticeship programs and talk about the quality of careers in the manufacturing space. They also have to give their current employees the opportunity to upskill.

If we can’t fix the way we train the rising labor force, our economy will suffer a serious blow. Luckily, we have the tools to rise to the challenge.

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