Future 30 program to recognize workforce development efforts

The issue of workforce development for the next generation of manufacturing remains the most important issue facing plant floor managers. A major part of that issue is showing young people why manufacturing is a successful and dynamic career choice for the 21st century. In an effort to call further attention to this issue, Plant Engineering and Mobil Industrial Lubricants will sponsor the Futur...
January 7, 2010

The issue of workforce development for the next generation of manufacturing remains the most important issue facing plant floor managers. A major part of that issue is showing young people why manufacturing is a successful and dynamic career choice for the 21st century.

In an effort to call further attention to this issue, Plant Engineering and Mobil Industrial Lubricants will sponsor the Future 30 program in 2010. Future 30 will recognize 30 individuals under the age of 40 around the United States who have made manufacturing their career.

“More than any other issue during the last four year, plant managers have told us that they need skilled workers to meet future challenges,” said Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra. “Future 30 will provide examples of how and why young people in manufacturing made this career choice. We have talked a great deal about the ‘Skills Gap’ in manufacturing. Future 30 allows us the chance to turn that talk into action.”

Nominations will be accepted until June 30, 2010 from individuals and companies interested in nominating a manufacturing professional under the age of 40 for recognition in the Future 30 program. The 30 individuals selected will be profiled in a special section in the September 2010 issue of Plant Engineering and will be invited to attend a special reception in their honor in conjunction with the 2010 IMTS show Sept. 13-18 in Chicago.

Throughout the year, Plant Engineering will feature stories about efforts to encourage young people to enter manufacturing, and how civic, business and educational leaders around the country are developing programs to encouraging young people to consider manufacturing as a career.

The issue of workforce development and the Future 30 initiative will be a central component at the 2010 Manufacturing/Automation Summit on March 28-30 in Chicago. Mobil Industrial Lubricants is a sponsor of the 2010 Summit.

“We are pleased to have Mobil Industrial Lubricants as the lead sponsor for Future 30,” Vavra said. “It underscores the importance of this issue in manufacturing.”

Studies conducted by Plant Engineering over the past five years indicate that the lack of skilled workers is the major issue faced by manufacturing managers. “We believe that the Skills Gap is a national issue, but the solution will come from the grass roots,” Vavra said. “A skilled, educated workforce attracts new business and new manufacturing to a region. As communities begin to understand this, they realize that beyond tax incentives and other enticements, the most attractive thing to a manufacturer is a workforce ready to step in and do the job needed.”

The nomination form is available here.