The Skills gap: Solutions
Deloitte/NAM study points to the need to get aggressive on developing manufacturing workforce
Deloitte Consulting and the National Association of Manufacturers studied the issue of the Skills Gap in 2005. They concluded at that time that 90% of employers were experiencing a shortage of skilled production employees, with 18% calling that shortage “severe.”
The study recommended a series of steps to address the issue, including:
A greater educational emphasis on science, math and technology-related programs
Employer investment in training for current employees
Government investment in community colleges and technical education
Career education as a measurable criteria for K-12 success
Manufacturers doing a better job of communicating skill needs and employee requirements to educational and civic leaders
Increased public/private partnerships to support career awareness campaigns.
The full Skills Gap report is available for download by clicking here .
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey