The skills gap has become a glaring issue as the reshoring of jobs has surged ahead. Bringing these jobs back to America has shown that the American workforce has a bit of a gap. The skills that are required to perform the necessary job duties for manufacturing and the skills that are available in the work force have a separation. So what is being done to fix the skills gap in the United States for the future?
- Change in the Attitude of Workers – Potential manufacturing workers need to be educated in the opportunities that exist in the manufacturing field, and they need to be informed about how they have changed from the manufacturing jobs of the past.
- Change in the Attitude of Companies – In the past, some companies have been reluctant to train their employees extensively, and have been insistent on hiring people with decent skills at low wages. This attitude will have to change in order to court adept, trainable workers.
- The Educational System is Changing – The American educational system has fallen behind other industrialized nations in terms of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. STEM subjects are the backbone of manufacturing, and changing the educational system to concentrate on these skills will certainly help the manufacturing sector. The access to education for all classes needs to be considered as well, as the lack of quality STEM education for the lower class contributes to the gap.
- Encouraging Students to Take the Chance – Changing the mindset of society, where most students are pushed toward four-year degrees, is very important. Students need to be told that manufacturing is a viable career that can be competitive with those obtained through the college track, both in terms of longevity as well as compensation.
Failing to change won’t necessary cripple the United States economy – it is likely to grow regardless. However, it will constrict the possibility of growth, and will prevent the economy from thriving.
At Production Materials, we are doing our best to be part of the growth of the American economy and the reduction of the skills gap. Get in touch with us, or with other local resources such as vocational schools, technical institutes, and other local manufacturers to find out more about how you can reduce the skills gap in the United States and set yourself up for a great future in manufacturing.