As I travel the country, I hear from manufacturers the challenge they face in attracting and retaining talent. For many manufacturers, the skills gap is very real. It means passing up a major order because the skilled talent just isn’t there. The Manufacturing Institute’s own skills gap data, published with Deloitte, documents that over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs likely will need to be filled. The skills gap, however, is expected to leave 2 million of those jobs unfilled.
For decades, manufacturers have relied on strategies that include referrals and leveraging staffing agencies. To remain competitive, manufacturers must do more. They must deploy new strategies to attract, retain and grow the manufacturing workforce. (continue reading…)