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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.
Man working with manufacturing machinery.
For decades, the word on the factory floor has been that robots would replace manufacturing workers any day now. That day, if it ever comes, is still far in the future. In the meantime, manufacturing still needs people to do what robots can’t do, or can’t do well.  For leaders in the manufacturing industry, the knowledge that they need employees is offset by the awareness that finding those people isn’t easy. A survey by SCORE  found that 89% of manufacturers struggle to fill open positions, exacerbated by an ever-present skills gap that some expect to cost the U.S. up to $2.5 trillion over the next 10 years across all industries.
hardhats stored in work lockers.
Keeping your employees safe is one of your top priorities. This should be true in any business, but it’s especially important in the manufacturing industry, where hazardous equipment and shifting technology are a dangerous combination for the untrained worker. An investment in industrial safety training does more than help you meet health and safety regulations, it protects your workforce and your bottom line.

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