Manufacture Smarter Blog

Facing the Talent Shortage Head-On with Apprenticeships

7/13/2018 By: Elliot Forsyth Having skilled, competent employees is key to an organization’s success. This is no longer easy for manufacturers to come by, however, as a massive talent shortage has emerged in the industry in recent years, leaving many jobs unfilled and tasks undone. It is expected that this talent gap will result in millions of positions remaining vacant in the years to come, a number that will only continue to grow if nothing is done to counteract this trend. To provide solutions, we must first understand the roots of the problem.


Manufacturing Education Gets a Face-Lift with LIFT

4/6/2018 By: Elliot Forsyth There’s no question that one of the biggest concerns we hear from our clients is finding and keeping good employees. Unfortunately, this situation is likely to only get worse. In the next decade, it is expected that of the nearly 3.5 million open U.S. manufacturing jobs, roughly 2 million are anticipated to go unfilled due to a gap in skills required for holding such jobs. In other words, students and workers today are not prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. To address this gap, a number of organizations are stepping forward to target the root of the problem: lack of proper education.


The Benefits of Hiring Veterans in Manufacturing

1/22/2016 According to Deloitte Manufacturing Institute’s report, The Skills Gap in U.S.Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond, manufacturers for years have reported a sizeable gap between the talent they need to keep growing their businesses and the talent they can actually find. Successful manufacturing companies need a growing labor pool to meet increasing market demands. Manufacturers meeting these needs have found a great benefit through recruiting veterans. Men and women enlist in the armed services for many reasons – a patriotic commitment to the United States, carrying on a family tradition, and more.


Manufacturing 101: A Guide For Newer Professionals

1/15/2016 It isn’t uncommon for newly graduated and well-educated engineers to immediately begin their career in manufacturing. They sit down at a new desk, organize materials, and layout their “task” list provided by their new managers. Typically, the list includes the five things the manager would have accomplished when they held that job (had they known how), three things that have been “on the plate” forever and never accomplished, and one or two items that upper management believes should be a part of this year’s progress.


It’s Never Too Soon To Celebrate. . . Especially When It’s Focused On Manufacturing!

9/26/2014 Now in its third year, National Manufacturing Day continues to grow in awareness and involvement. This year, at the time of this writing, there are over 1300 different events planned for the week leading up and including Fridays Manufacturing Day extravaganza. These events are both physical plant tours at manufacturing facilities across North America, and virtual events for those that can’t get away from home, school or work.  These scheduled events are a blend of open to the public drop-in open houses to private invitation only events.


Value of Made in America

9/15/2014 As more and more attention is focused on manufacturing and what gets made where, the question is being asked . . . . What does it mean to be ‘made in America’? The Federal Trade Commission has long reigned in this area, with specific guidelines spelled out on its website. Under tools for consumers, the FTC states “. . . there is no law requiring manufacturers and marketers to make a “Made in USA” claim. But, if a business chooses to make the claim, the FTC’s Made in USA standard applies. Made in USA means that ‘all or virtually all’ the product has been made in America.


Why the Talent Shortage in U.S. Manufacturing is Happening

2/21/2014 Manufacturing jobs in the United States have changed dramatically over the past decade, requiring employees with higher, more technologically advanced skills. An unfortunate side-effect is that these improvements in the manufacturing world have led to a shortage of qualified employees throughout the country. In fact, a recent report by the Manufacturing Institute reveals that as many as 600,000 manufacturing job openings in the United States remain vacant. Job Perception One reason that manufacturing openings are going unfilled is that many job seekers have the wrong perception of the industry.


Employee Retention: Why it’s Important to Manufacturers

11/15/2013 In the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report, American manufacturers added 19,000 new workers in the month of October, with job growth primarily in motor vehicles and parts, wood products, and furniture and related products. As we all look to see if manufacturing continues its much hailed comeback, economists, business leaders, politicians, pundits and the general public alike, are all closely monitoring trends and data from the manufacturing industry.  It’s always great to see manufacturers add new employees to their team.