It’s just one month away! Manufacturing Day 2018 officially arrives on Friday, October 5. This annual celebration gives small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) the chance to showcase their products and capabilities to students, educators, businesspeople, politicians, and the media. The annual event also helps to dispel misconceptions about modern manufacturing in order to aid in the recruitment of the next generation of talent.Read More
Over the past several decades, major shifts in the manufacturing environment have occurred that have proven beneficial for domestic manufacturers. Industry statistics show that there is a rise in non-traditional manufacturing operations, especially among small and medium-sized companies. Much of this work continues to require human beings in conjunction with automation. Current trends are seeming to favor small and medium-sized manufacturers.Read More
Topics: Workforce Development
Low productivity can be an insidious problem. For line workers, performing repetitive tasks day-to-day, everyday, year after year, can sometimes have a lulling effect. After all, it is human nature to get used to a certain way of doing things.Read More
There are many challenges that your manufacturing organization faces on a day to day basis. Those challenges may range from government regulation compliance to ensuring that your employees are getting all of the resources needed to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently.Read More
Hiring, developing and retaining your workforce can be a challenging task with the increasing demand for a more technological mindset in the workplace.Read More
While the latest index reports on American manufacturing show the industry’s growth slowing down, production remains on an incline — marking 31 consecutive months of improvement. For every manufacturing organization looking to compete in the marketplace, their business model should reflect growth — or at least plans to expand and evolve.Read More
The workforce skills gap is a continuing source of discussion and worry for many of California’s manufacturers. It is not surprising this is the case if you consider the following recent statements and statistics:Read More
Topics: Workforce Development
“There is most likely some interplay between the weak capital spending numbers and the weak job market of the last few years; there is less incentive to spend money on productivity-enhancing equipment when labor is cheap.” This recent musing from Neil Irwin of The Washington Post was his reflection on the current mix of low productivity, low business investment and low wages. It seems counterintuitive to many, but it speaks to the paradox in today’s labor market in which employers are “stuck” with an inability to find the workers they want while the job market – especially in manufacturing – is crying out for skilled workers.Read More
In Part 1 on our series about millennials and manufacturing, we talked about the characteristics of a millennial and how manufacturers might appeal to them to fill manufacturing jobs. In Part 2, we will discuss some technologies and marketing tips to attract millennials into manufacturing.
Millennials. If you Google the term, you get 3,190,000 results! There has been a lot of discussion and analysis about this group, which includes people born roughly between the early 1980’s to the early 2000’s, according to Wikipedia. Many have said, with the current and upcoming workforce skills shortage, that the future of manufacturing hinges on this generation. There is no more accurate statement.