Manufacturing in the US is growing. Technology is changing. Many skilled workers in the field will soon be retiring. 60% of the jobs currently unfilled in manufacturing are due to a lack of skilled applicants. A sample of Chicago area manufacturers indicated shortages of essential positions such as CNC programmers and operators, industrial machinery mechanics, and welders. Over the next decade the industry is likely to be looking at millions of unfilled jobs in addition to the new jobs created due to continued growth. This has already resulted in tens of billions of dollars in financial losses, and that number will continue to grow. This article provides some great information about the skills gap and what can be done to fill it, including: on-the-job training, education, networking, recruiting, and changing the misconceptions about manufacturing.

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