Companies Continue to Look for Workers as U.S. Manufacturing Rebounds

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Computer giant Apple's recent announcement that it was bringing back a number of manufacturing jobs

 from overseas underscores the need for companies to find workers with postsecondary education and specific skills on their resumes.

Apple's announcement comes on the heels of some industry leaders saying that a lack of qualified talent may lead to problems filling more jobs in the future.

In Wisconsin, for example, a survey by ThomasNet.com found that the skills gap will be "especially acute." According to the report, the state will need to fill approximately 925,000 skilled trade openings by 2018 in order to avoid a crisis.

Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) recently partnered with Scientific Management Techniques to try to head off the upcoming shortage.

Local manufacturers look to LTC for innovative skills solutions that will help drive performance in their facility,” Dr. Michael Lanser, LTC president, said in a press release. SMT's industrial skills training curriculum and hands-on industrial skills assessment programs have been driving industrial performance globally for four decades. We are excited to partner with SMT and deliver these proven manufacturing skills solutions for manufacturers in our communities."

And similar training partnerships are beginning to pop up all across the U.S.

In North Carolina, an internship offered to students by the Lincoln County Industrial Manager's Association was so successful that officials will continue the initiative there next summer as well.

Manufacturing companies get valuable service from eager participants while providing hands-on experience to the students, which is invaluable when searching for a full-time position, David Lee, chairman of the association, told the Charlotte Business Journal.

As the North Carolina continues to find training programs and internships in order for their postsecondary students to have an impressive resume when they graduate, officials announced yet another manufacturing company would expand in the state.

JELD-WEN, which makes doors and windows, said it would build a new $2 million North American headquarters in Charlotte while creating 142 jobs. The company already employees 260 workers at other manufacturing plants in McDowell and Davidson counties.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on Apple to see exactly where the company intends to create its new manufacturing jobs or exactly how many shifts would be needed to assemble its Mac
computers. Executives did say they intended to generate more than 115 new factory positions in the near future in a move to help the industry rebound from the economic downturn.

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