The manufacturing industry faces a massive talent shortage, with 500,000 unfilled positions in the US and a projected deficit of nearly 2.5 million employees in the next ten years.
Companies are struggling to find qualified replacements for an aging workforce and are trying to elongate the careers of employees approaching retirement age.
However, there is a misconception surrounding the culture in the manufacturing industry that is keeping young talent away.
The past reputation of being dirty and dangerous is far from the current reality of being high-tech, clean, safe, and offering a sound work-life balance. Unfortunately, only 30% of parents would guide their children to pursue a career in manufacturing.
To make matters worse, engagement in the industry is exceptionally low, with only 19% of workers feeling engaged at their workplace. This presents a significant challenge for manufacturers striving to attract and retain the best talent.