Right Skills Now Launched in Minnesota

By October 27, 2011General

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks at the launch of the Right Skills Now program.

According to a survey conducted recently by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, 80 percent of manufacturers face a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers.  In a country with 9.1 percent unemployment, jobs are going unfilled because employers can’t find worker with the right skills.

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute are trying to fix this skills-gap problem and are seeing support for their efforts in the public and private sectors.  It was just a few months ago that President Obama endorsed the Institute’s national skills certification system.

Today, in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), the Manufacturing Institute, members of the President’s Council on Job’s and Competitiveness and representatives from local businesses and educational institutions gathered at Productivity to launch Right Skills Now, a program that will train workers for jobs in modern manufacturing.

Also attending the event were NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, who introduced Small Business Administrator Karen Mills, and the Manufacturing Institute’s Jennifer McNelly.

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  • Evelyn V says:

    Hello Aly,
    Question for you, does your company work with any of the community colleges in Houston to provide skills training in manufacturing. Is there a need in Houston? How many manufacturing jobs are there in Houston?

  • Aly says:

    Hi Larry – I work for a structural steel manufacturer and supplier here in Houston, Texas. I was reading a couple of articles the other day about states investing in the education of skilled workers for the manufacturing industry. In fact, New Hampshire and North Carolina have invested in their community college systems to provide continuing education training for those already in the manufacturing industry, as well as working with manufacturers to better understand the needs of the industry, to better plan curriculum.

    Anyways, was just reading around and thought it was relevant to the conversation. Thanks for sharing!


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