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Can Competency-Based Education Help Solve the Manufacturing Skills Shortage?

We frequently hear manufacturers complain that recent graduates who they hire often turn out to lack the kind of knowledge and workforce readiness required to for them to become productive on the job quickly. A diploma from a community college, a career t…
We frequently hear manufacturers complain that recent graduates who they hire often turn out to lack the kind of knowledge and workforce readiness required to for them to become p… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/can-competency-based-education-help-solve-manufacturing-skills-shortage/

Davos 2016: Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Unleash a Global Jobs Crisis?

As many of the world’s leading politicians, industrialists, and academics gathered on the snowy slopes of Davos, Switzerland for the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) late last month, a new report warned that the world may face a net loss of over 5 million …
As many of the world’s leading politicians, industrialists, and academics gathered on the snowy slopes of Davos, Switzerland for the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) late last mont… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/davos-2016-will-fourth-industrial-revolution-unleash-global-jobs-crisis/

Study: Skills Gap Will Mean 2 Million Unfilled Manufacturing Jobs by 2025

If current trends continue, U.S. manufacturers will be unable to fill 2 million manufacturing jobs by 2025 due to a worsening shortage of required skills, according to a report issued this week by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte.
If current trends continue, U.S. manufacturers will be unable to fill 2 million manufacturing jobs by 2025 due to a worsening shortage of required skills, according to a report is… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/study-skills-gap-will-mean-2-million-unfilled-manufacturing-jobs-2025/

Mid-Term Election: Tax Reform, Workforce/Skills Top Council Issues

Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council met yesterday to discuss what’s most at stake for the manufacturing industry in this year’s mid-term Congressional elections, an important event in which 33 Senate and all 435 House seats are up for grabs.
Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council met yesterday to discuss what’s most at stake for the manufacturing industry in this year’s mid-term Congressional elections, an im… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/mid-terms-election-tax-reform-workforceskills-top-council-issues/

Is the Skills Gap Finally Sparking Higher Manufacturing Wages?

Doubters of the existence of a skills shortage in manufacturing have argued that, if the gap were really as painful as employers claim, wages for production workers, engineers, and others would be on the rise. Now that’s just what appears to be happening…
Popular Discussions Doubters of the existence of a skills shortage in manufacturing have argued that, if the gap were really as painful as employers claim, wages for production … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/skills-gap-finally-sparking-higher-manufacturing-wages/

Manufacturing Day: Changing Perceptions One Person at a Time

There was a time, not that long ago, when just about everyone had a friend, a family member, a neighbor who worked in manufacturing. Through them, even those of us who didn’t work on the plant floor every day could get an occasional snapshot of what it wa…
There was a time, not that long ago, when just about everyone had a friend, a family member, a neighbor who worked in manufacturing. Through them, even those of us who didn’t work… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-day-changing-perceptions-one-person-time/

What Does the Skills Shortage Really Cost Manufacturers?

A current lack of skilled and highly-skilled manufacturing workers has measurable financial impacts on U.S. manufacturers, according to a new study from Accenture and the Manufacturing Institute. The study, “Out of Inventory: Skills Shortage Threatens Gro…
Popular Discussions A current lack of skilled and highly-skilled manufacturing workers has measurable financial impacts on U.S. manufacturers, according to a new study from Acce… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/what-does-skills-shortage-really-cost-manufacturers/

Top Three Predictions for Manufacturers in 2014

The past several years have been great for the manufacturing industry. One might even argue stellar is an appropriate adjective. Growth is up, investment in expansion is booming, and plant optimization levels appear to be increasing worldwide, at least in…
The past several years have been great for the manufacturing industry. One might even argue stellar is an appropriate adjective. Growth is up, investment in expansion is booming, … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/top-three-predictions-manufacturers-2014/

Manufacturers’ Optimism Grows, but so Do Skill Gap Concerns

U.S.-based manufacturers are increasingly optimistic about the economy and the growth outlook for their companies, and that optimism is driving plans for increased hiring and capital spending, according to the latest results of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ lat…
Popular Discussions U.S.-based manufacturers are increasingly optimistic about the economy and the growth outlook for their companies, and that optimism is driving plans for inc… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturers-optimism-grows-so-do-skill-gap-concerns/

Report: Young Workers in China Turning Away from Manufacturing Jobs

Are young people in the U.S. and other developed economies the only ones turning away from manufacturing careers in favor of service industry and other jobs seen as easier, cleaner, and cooler? Apparently young people in China are increasingly feeling the…
Popular Discussions Are young people in the U.S. and other developed economies the only ones turning away from manufacturing careers in favor of service industry and other jobs … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/report-young-workers-china-turning-away-manufacturing-jobs/

Will Immigration Reform Fix the Skills Gap?

Immigration reform legislation now being hotly debated in the Congress would, if passed, help manufacturers by providing them with access to a larger pool of skilled labor, claims the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Wisconsin’s chamber of …
Popular Discussions Immigration reform legislation now being hotly debated in the Congress would, if passed, help manufacturers by providing them with access to a larger pool of… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/will-immigration-reform-fix-skills-gap/

Chipping Away at the Skills Shortage

As they have struggled to find enough workers with the skills needed to keep new, more collaborative and automated plants running, manufacturing leaders for years have repeated some by-now familiar complaints: • Students were being steered away from manu…
As they have struggled to find enough workers with the skills needed to keep new, more collaborative and automated plants running, manufacturing leaders for years have repeated so… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/chipping-away-skills-shortage/

Manufacturers: Graduates Aren’t Workforce-Ready

For millions of college and high school students who graduated in the past few weeks, the thrill of receiving diplomas along with tearful congratulations has, no doubt, begun to fade, replaced by worries about finding gainful and rewarding employment. On…
For millions of college and high school students who graduated in the past few weeks, the thrill of receiving diplomas along with tearful congratulations has, no doubt, begun to f… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturers-graduates-arent-workforce-ready/

Manufacturing Skills Development: What Responsibility Does Apple Have?

Last week, while announcing his company's plans for limited iMac production in the U.S. next year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the lack of manufacturing skills--not cost--is what has kept Apple from reshoring more manufacturing.
Last week, while announcing his company's plans for limited iMac production in the U.S. next year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the lack of manufacturing skills--not cost--is what has … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-skills-development-what-responsibility-does-ap/

The Global View: A Factory Tour Is Not Enough to Get Students Excited About Manufacturing

When I speak with manufacturing leaders, I sometimes ask them whether they want their own children to pursue a manufacturing career. This often leads to a discussion of how to help students become interested in a career related to manufacturing. The concl…
When I speak with manufacturing leaders, I sometimes ask them whether they want their own children to pursue a manufacturing career. This often leads to a discussion of how to hel… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-factory-tour-not-enough-get-students-excited-abo/

Getting Young People Excited About Manufacturing

Like a lot of manufacturing professionals, Terry Moody worries about the low esteem in which many young people and even some educators hold his field. Most young people still think of manufacturing as dangerous and dirty, Moody says—a dead-end, rather tha…
Like a lot of manufacturing professionals, Terry Moody worries about the low esteem in which many young people and even some educators hold his field. Most young people still thin… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/getting-young-people-excited-about-manufacturing/

A Journalist Tries to Debunk the Manufacturing Workforce Shortage

Ryan Chittum of the Columbia Journalism Review is at it again, looking for a hoax where none exists. Chittum was the inspiration for a Manufacturing Executive discussion I began back in February, when he called the workforce shortage in manufacturing an …
Ryan Chittum of the Columbia Journalism Review is at it again, looking for a hoax where none exists. Chittum was the inspiration for a Manufacturing Executive discussion I began… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/journalist-tries-debunk-manufacturing-workforce-shortage/

Skills Development: Are Manufacturers Shooting Themselves in the Foot?

With unemployment rates remaining stubbornly high, many executives at manufacturing and engineering firms in the UK say they would prefer to hire older, experienced workers rather invest in the training and supervision that would be required to bring in r…
With unemployment rates remaining stubbornly high, many executives at manufacturing and engineering firms in the UK say they would prefer to hire older, experienced workers rather… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/skills-development-are-manufacturers-shooting-themselves-foo/

Skills Shortage Called an Illusion

There's a great discussion already under way on Manufacturing Executive about the role of apprenticeship and training programs in the talent shortage.
There's a great discussion already under way on Manufacturing Executive about the role of apprenticeship and training programs in the talent shortage. After reading an articl… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/skills-shortage-called-illusion/

Will Inshoring Create More Manufacturing Jobs in 2012?

“Asia has stolen our manufacturing jobs!” Sound familiar? It’s the kind of lingering lament you still hear at some Western manufacturing events - from Milan to Michigan, from Maine to Manchester.
“Asia has stolen our manufacturing jobs!” Sound familiar? It’s the kind of lingering lament you still hear at some Western manufacturing events - from Milan to M… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/will-inshoring-create-more-manufacturing-jobs-2012/

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