Manufacturers Look to Close Skills Gap with Education, Training

As more companies struggle to find workers with the right qualifications on their resumes

 to fill thousands of open manufacturing jobs, a report has identified ways to reverse the growing trend.According to the Deloitte report, which estimated that there are as many as 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs unfilled in the U.S., businesses and educators need to work together to energize the workforce of tomorrow.The big wake up call is leading manufacturers and community colleges to form partnerships and put programs in place. This will get the people they currently have trained up and provide the workforce needed for the future,  Bill Horwarth, president of MAG Global Services, told Industry Market Trends News. "Our skills gap today has to do with demographics and the challenge of planting the seed early enough in the education system to tell kids that there are good careers out there and opportunities in skilled trades." If you are a job seeker looking for a career in the emerging manufacturing industry, you may want to take an online aptitude test to determine if you have the right skills to enter the field or if you will need additional training.

Among the most in-demand talents companies are looking for are industry-specific qualifications and certification for professionals, skilled trades, mechanical equipment operations and computer and IT experience.The types of individuals we have learning today both in school and in the shop - the quality of these workers is tremendous, Horwarth added. "So what you can’t learn in the classroom, you learn firsthand."However, if you are looking for a manufacturing jobs, you may want to consider getting a degree or certificate in order to advance in the future.The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) is now recommending that postsecondary institutions award college credit to students who take Manufacturing Skill Standard Council (MSSC) modules, as well as pass MSSC assessments. Once completed, students would be able to add an educational background in production and logistics to their resume in order to find a job in advanced front-line manufacturing or materials handling and distribution.The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has also developed a number of credential programs for some of the most sought after skills in the industry - including metal working, machining, welding and die casting. Several states also offer the NAM endorced Right Skills Now program, including Nevada and Minnesota, which can help students earn a college credit toward a degree or national certification.

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