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Michelle Ecker

Content Marketing Manager

As a Content Marketing Manager, Michelle manages digital content strategy for both student and partner audiences, strategizing and building content marketing pieces that speak to the benefits of upskilling, outskilling and online education for modern learners.

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Woman using manufacturing software.
Jobs within the manufacturing industry have undoubtedly changed a great deal. From innovations in technology and automation to the impact of artificially intelligent solutions on efficiency, this is an industry with a long history of adapting to fit the mold of ever-changing needs and possibilities. As we look towards the future, it’s important to note the specific changes we’re seeing as we consider how to most efficiently prepare today’s workforce to meet the impending needs of tomorrow.
Two construction workers on site.
2020 has been riddled with ongoing change due to the lasting impacts of COVID-19, and these changes have undoubtedly had an acute affect, in particular, on the way Americans are able to work. Specific to the skilled trades, there are many ways in which this sector of the American workforce has been continually affected. Looking onward to 2021, there are a handful of likely trends we can expect within this industry as these changes continue to unfold.
Person working on machinery.
Current trends suggest that by 2028, 2.5 million of today’s manufacturing workers will need some form of yearly training, and approximately 21 million new hires will need some form of new employee training. Unless leaders take steps to plan for these mounting training and retraining needs, projections suggest that a growing headcount within manufacturing could be left unmet as industry leaders struggle to keep up with growing educational needs.
Man training apprentice in shop.
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration that brings together business leaders, career seekers, labor, educational institutions, and other partners in celebrating and acknowledging their support for apprenticeships. In addition to celebration, this week also calls for helpful communication, encouraging relevant leaders to showcase the programs apprenticeship-seekers can explore, as well as the stories of success found by apprentices of the past.
Worker examining equipment.
For over 125 years, Penn Foster has taught working learners and partnered with skilled trades organizations to help tens of thousands of students gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed on their career paths. Part of this Penn Foster mission is to provide comprehensive courses, applicable technology, and a wide array of flexible services aimed at the needs of the working learner- which anymore, should include an emphasis on interactivity.
Woman in manufacturing facility.
In a recent study of global talent deficit, Korn Ferry and Man Bites Dog consulting groups collaborated with Oxford Analytica to produce an economic model that would outline future labor supply and demand at impending milestones, particularly highlighting the years 2025 and 2030 in their findings. What their research uncovered is that three distinct economic markets are significantly threatened by a growing shortage of trained workers- financial and business services, media and telecommunications, and manufacturing.
Woman inspecting manufacturing equipment.
Manufacturing executives continue to voice concerns regarding critical talent shortages faced by leaders in today’s industry. Latest surveys by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute reveal an unprecedented majority of experts in agreement - we are facing a talent crisis in the US manufacturing sector. Leaders in education and upskilling suggest this distress on the workforce is the result of automation’s inevitable impact on employee workflow. Put simply- manufacturing jobs increasingly involve digital skills, and current employees accustomed to steadily obsolete manufacturing roles are not being sufficiently trained to work within this new, tech-centric environment.
Workers inspecting manufacturing equipment.
The manufacturing industry continues to gain rapid momentum throughout the United States. According to research jointly conducted by Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), over the next five years more than 50% of manufacturers plan to enter a new market, and almost all plan to expand existing sites or open new facilities in countries with existing operations.

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