But there is hope. Many companies are addressing this gap by working with local educators and school administrators to support and encourage STEM education. Some organizations partner with workforce development agencies to identify and groom future manufacturing candidates. Still others are using the “old” model of apprenticeships to grow their own talent internally.
ThomasNet recently posted a blog article that focuses on the future of manufacturing jobs and how the millennial generation apply. Linda Rigano, ThomasNet's Executive Director of Media Relations states " With new lines of products and services pairing with a steady trickle of Baby Boomers retiring, the industry is set to have a sizable uptick of job vacancies. As manufacturers increase headcount and look to fill current openings, a very valid question pops up: Who exactly will fill these jobs? Well, there’s a number of socially conscious, innovation-driving, job-hungry individuals seeking careers with security and growth potential — millennials."
Based on their new Industry Marketing Barometer report, ThomasNet created a SlideShare presentation to highlight the reasons why manufacturers need millennials for future growth.