The world of manufacturing is ever changing. The economic outlook projects improvement in manufacturing conditions, but thousands, and even millions, of jobs in the U.S. go unfulfilled because of a skills gap. As such, the skills gap has challenged workforce developers nationwide. As the McKinsey Global Institute points out in a recent study, “Workforce availability threatens to reduce economic growth by 40%, despite continuing productivity from automation and other elements of supply-chain optimization.1
Where manufacturing jobs were once plentiful, the landscape has changed from low-skilled, high-paying jobs to the need for a highly skilled and trained workforce. This is the norm in manufacturing, with its strong underpinning of technology, automation, the Internet of Things, and a technically trained manufacturing workforce.