By now, we’ve all heard the daunting news: Nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled over the next decade. And because of the impending skills gap caused in large part by baby-boomer retirements and changing technology, 2 million of those jobs are likely to remain unfilled. What’s more, this shortage cannot quickly be remedied, as it takes an average of 70 days to recruit skilled production workers.*
Making the situation worse, most common business pains — everything from production errors to downtime — typically tie directly back to identifying, recruiting and training a strong workforce.
So what can we do? Successful manufacturers are finding that it takes a community to close the skills gap, build the next-generation workforce and strengthen the future of U.S. manufacturing. And at Tooling U-SME, we’re taking serious steps with educators and employers to build that community.