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The digital revolution is here. Manufacturing 4.0 is changing the way companies approach the business of making things. In 2019, innovation will continue around the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, virtual reality, 3D printing and more.

To stay competitive, it’s imperative that manufacturers engage employees by honing their knowledge and skills, boosting productivity and agility.
As I look back on 2018, I’m proud of the progress we’ve made. From new partnerships to product launches, we introduced initiatives and secured programs that will positively impact the training and development of the incumbent and next-generation manufacturing workforce – now and in the future.
The players in the top 10 are consistent high performers such as Apple, Amazon.com, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble. Companies are evaluated in five categories: innovation, financial strength, social responsibility, employment engagement and development, and customer satisfaction.

The Journal found that the top 50 companies distinguished themselves from the rest of the organizations on the list by consistently ranking above the others in each of the five evaluation areas.
Tooling U-SME’s Industry Pulse: 2018 Workforce Manufacturing Report shows that despite feeling the impact of the workforce shortage, many manufacturers aren’t taking the necessary steps to combat the skills gap. Yet, many are, and these innovative manufacturers are reaching out to their local communities for support.
Everyone’s talking about the manufacturing skills gap, and many are saying: “There are not enough skilled trained workers.” “My workforce bench is retiring and taking their knowledge with them.” “I don’t have the resources or patience to deal with training this new generation!”

Let’s face it, the problems are not going away. One solution is to change the way manufacturers are thinking about the future and about the generation that can help them pave the way to success.
Emerging technologies and partnerships were the overarching theme at this year’s National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers’ (NCATC) recent 30 th-anniversary conference. Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and work-based learning were catalysts for discussions about training a new generation, bringing trainers up-to-speed with new technology and providing manufacturers with flexible solutions for workforce education.