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K to 12 education can greatly help fill manufacturing jobs which can decrease unemployment

An aging workforce and advancing technologies are key contributors to the growing shortage of skilled workers the manufacturing industry is facing – a shortage expected to grow over the next decade. It doesn’t help that negative misperceptions about manufacturing, and a continuing emphasis on traditional four-year degrees, have led many young people entering the workforce to choose other career paths.

To prepare future manufacturing and technical talent, K-12 needs to initiate an initiative to prepare students for manufacturing careers by providing them with relevant, hands-on knowledge needed specified by industry that will help them successfully transition into the manufacturing workforce. By actively supporting and developing manufacturing education programs in local schools, a focus to engage and build a collaborative network between K-12 education and industry in a tailored approach to developing future talent will help fill manufacturing jobs.

Dave Bastl

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Pittsburgh Chapter Chair


 

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