There is a global consensus that a labor shortage exists for manufacturing, though in a study conducted by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, “currently five percent of jobs classified as manufacturing…are unfilled.”
However, the pace of those retiring (and taking their experiential knowledge with them) collides with those who endeavor to meet the pace of advancing technology on the plant floor. New employees will be expected to understand and become proficient with more complex equipment that is likely to be continually evolving.
Act before damage to the bottom line.
It’s time for manufacturers to take proactive steps to address the looming knowledge and skills gap before damage affects the bottom line. While some may argue that automation is reducing the workforce, new equipment and techniques still require management from a human component.
Training in craft skills is an obvious solution.
Training should encompass core competencies such as electrical troubleshooting, motor theory, digital circuitry, analytics and measurements, as well as equipment specific knowledge. It’s time to harness the power of talent in America to handle these skills.
Like their predecessors, the workforce in the new era of manufacturing will not only need to get their hands dirty, or use muscle-power, they’ll need to engage their brains. They will be required to develop and hone a diversity of skills.
A multi-skilled workforce is a smart strategy because it keeps employees robust and integrated. Then productivity won’t suffer when illness, vacations or other demands impede. The flexibility that cross-training provides pays off in better engaged workers as well as reduced downtime.
Early in 2012, American manufacturing’s Council on Competitiveness released a report with its strategy to meet the new era in manufacturing. The series was also presented to the government. The strategy challenged America to keep manufacturing as a cornerstone to its prosperity.
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- Extensive screening and recruiting practices
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- On-site employee management
- Client specific training and testing
- Policies and procedures development, and
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