Tonight Bradley Henning, a 23 year old journeyman machinist at NAM member Atlas Machine and Supply, Inc., was a guest of the First Lady at the State of the Union address. Mr. Henning has been training since high school for his job at Atlas and is a graduate of the company’s apprenticeship program. In July of last year he completed all of his necessary training and coursework to receive his journeyman’s card.
Mr. Henning represents the thousands of students in apprentice programs and schools throughout the country gaining the necessary skills for long-term careers in today’s manufacturing. This isn’t your grandfather’s manufacturing, the jobs of today and tomorrow require advanced skills and job training.
Manufacturers throughout the country are struggling to find workers with the necessary skills for today’s jobs. Today, approximately 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled due to the skills gap.
In order for manufacturers to compete in the growing global marketplace the workforce must have the necessary skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We must continue to work to promote STEM education so students like Bradley can benefit from great careers in manufacturing and greatly enhance our nation’s competitiveness.