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Making Manufacturing Appealing to Tomorrow’s Workforce

In the development for building a stronger workforce in manufacturing, it has been stated many times that the industry is facing challenges in trying to fill the skills gap. Education centers and schools have forgotten about how important the manufacturing and engineering industry is to the U.S. economy.

In a noteworthy article by Industry Week, author John Lummus points out, “if companies can reach tomorrow’s workforce at an early age, they can open their minds to the world of advanced manufacturing and inspire them to take an educational path that will lead them to a successful career.”

While we have all heard of the new developments of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs rising up in local schools, a new strategy is also focusing on the arts (STEAM) as well. The STEAM strategy will include manufacturers who will work hand-in-hand with local schools to engage young learners and receive real-world insight.

The STEAM Approach

Because fewer students have been pursuing expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the addition of the arts is a great way to make the STEM subjects more appealing.

By offering FUNctional and inspiring topics, students will see the importance of the STEAM program and how they can contribute a positive change to the world.

With the help of the STEAM program, schools will be able to shed more light on manufacturing and engage students to want to work in the industry.

Filling the Skills Gap

In the hopes of getting students interested and understanding the different roles that may come into play in modern manufacturing, schools like Fisher Middle School have already launched mentor programs that partner with various companies.

One company in particular is Sage Automotive Interiors in which the Fisher students were given a scenario and tasked with creating an interior design to meet the needs of tomorrow’s drivers.

What made the Fisher Middle School project successful was the genuine interest the students had when they were able to choose a company to work with as well as the hands-on experience.

As long as more education centers participate in such projects and programs like Fisher Middle School is, then the stronger the U.S. workforce will be in the manufacturing industry. Students will eventually have the interest and skills needed for a manufacturing career.

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