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Formation of the skills gap

Source: Manufacturing Institute

 

Skills in which manufacturing employees are the most deficient

Skills Gap - Manufacturing Stats

 

Manufacturing InstituteSkills Gap Infographic - 2015 Skills Gap Report Summary

 

 

InfoGraphic Skills GapIf you search the term "skills gap" - you will find hundreds of articles from across the nation on the subject. Manufacturers at a local and national level are finding it difficult to hire and retain employees because of the disconnect between the skills required to grow in a position and the actual skills possessed by the individuals who are filling them.

It takes away from a companies ability to remain competitive when we have to take away from producing products to train simple skills such as basic math, reading comprehension, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

This lack of hard skills is compounded with the lack of soft skills such as drive, motivation, timely attendance and ability to meet and set goals to name just a few.

On top of the hard and soft skills gap - we also face a strong lack of interest from the general public to go into manufacturing because of the negative stigmas that continues to surround our industry.

Stigmas that cloud our industry such as the lack of job availability, low paying wages, dirty and hard labor careers. These once were true of manufacturing and when companies began off shoring, it didn't help.

THE GOOD NEWS:
More and more companies each year are re-shoring, bringing work back to the US, and creating jobs in manufacturing facilities are clean and safe.

There are now over 700,000 current job openings, with an estimated 3.5 million more over the next 10 years in advanced and highly technical, clean environments.

 

What is the difference between SOFT SKILLS and TECHNICAL SKILLS?

SOFT SKILLS TECHNICAL (Hard) SKILLS
  • Reliable attendance
  • On-time for prompt shift start
  • Ability to pass a drug test
  • Working well in a team enviroment
  • Ability to work on ones own without oversight
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Motivation & desire to meet team goals
  • Ability to follow policy and procedure as specified
  • Willingness/cooperation
  • Ability to perform basic math skills, trig, calculus & geometry equations
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Basic technical skills
  • Technology/computer skills
  • Ability to understand manufacturing processes and concepts
  • Reading comprehension
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to measure and use a ruler
  • Ability to count

While some of these skills seem common sense, the disheartening truth is that it it becoming more and more difficult to find qualified individuals who possess all of the skills and knowledge which form a strong individual with the ability to grow with the company.

As a result - many companies eliminate their risk by training one individual to perform one or two job functions.

For products with several processes and operations, this drastically increases overhead, negatively effects the ability to remain competitive and offer lower pricing on manufactured goods.

From a team member perspective, this also provides little upward mobility or ability to cross train.

But with manufacturing training programs and internships- students have the ability to learn the fundamentals of success in the workplace and ability to secure a position and achieve upward mobility.

 
 

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