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Attracting Manufacturing's Next Generation

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 23, 2015

Backpackers.jpgWhere are your new employees going to come from over the next five years? What will they seek from a manufacturing career? How do you retain them? And what kind of jobs will they want to do?

Concern about the manufacturing talent shortage that some observers argue is seriously hindering industry growth, often tends to focus on broad educational, governmental and industry initiatives. But from an individual company's point of view, could rapid technology adoption, more collaborative decision-making, personal engagement cultures, and stickier jobs be part of the answer to attracting and retaining future talent?

"One of the problems is that most of our machines are older than our new employees!", pointed out a senior participant at a recent Think Tank on Millennials during the 11th Manufacturing Leadership Summit in California this month.

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