In Manufacturing, Closing A Skills Gap Requires Fixing An Image Problem

Manufacturers across the U.S. are all too familiar with the challenge of finding the skilled workers they need.


Today, six in 10 openings for skilled production positions remain unfilled because of a talent shortage. Looking ahead, the U.S. will need to fill nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs between 2015 and 2025 – yet about 2 million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled because companies won’t be able to find workers with the skills needed in today’s technology-enabled industry.


Certainly equipping the current and future workforce with the necessary skills is crucial. But we also need to clear the outdated and mistaken perceptions that exist about our industry, which are preventing many from seeking careers in manufacturing in the first place.

Click here to read Vicki Holt’s, President & CEO of Proto Labs, blog post from The Huffington Post.




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