ManpowerGroup Advises Manufacturers How to Solve the Skills Gap As U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics Reports 7.5% Jobless Rate and 165,000 jobs added for April
Comprehensive Talent Solutions for U.S. Manufacturing Sector Will Sustain
'Made in the USA' Surge
MILWAUKEE, May 3, 2013
MILWAUKEE, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world
leader in innovative workforce solutions, advises manufacturers to commit to
private-public sector task forces for developing market-specific solutions to
address the skills shortage impacting the U.S. manufacturing industry, as the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today reported the overall jobless rate ticked
down to a four-year low of 7.5 percent. A total of 165,000 jobs were added
with employment in manufacturing jobs holding steady in April.
"Innovative manufacturing and prototyping enterprises are growing in the U.S.,
but hiring in manufacturing is not as robust as we'd like to see," said Jonas
Prising, ManpowerGroup President. "Contemporary U.S. manufacturing means
highly unique and relevant design, however, many manufacturers can't find the
skilled talent needed to competitively accelerate their R&D, CAD/CAM and
production cycles, which are required for staying competitive in the Human
Leveraging its 65-plus years in the sector, ManpowerGroup created the Manpower
Manufacturing Challenge Council to encourage collaborative problem solving
among those directly impacted by the skills shortage in the U.S. workforce.
Held in February 2013 at ManpowerGroup's Milwaukee headquarters, the kick-off
event brought manufacturing employers, trade groups, educators and government
leaders together to discuss top trends in contemporary manufacturing and the
skill levels and technical specifications missing at large from the U.S.
Participants at the Manpower Manufacturing Challenge Council met in
small-group strategy sessions to identify innovative solutions to solving
skills gap issues. Collectively, the group unanimously identified the need to
re-energize and rebrand manufacturing to make it more compelling to younger
generations entering the workforce, as well as other suggestions to partner
with education and government leaders to raise awareness of manufacturing as a
viable and needed profession that drives healthy economies. Later this year,
Manpower will host additional Manufacturing Challenge Council events in top
U.S. manufacturing markets to address local solutions to the global skills
shortage and encourage the collective flow of ideas and solutions from
business, educators and government.
"Working together, employers and educators can bring added focus and prestige
to increasingly technical manufacturing roles, ultimately attracting more
young people to these important professions," said Jorge Perez, Manpower
Senior Vice President, North America. "Most people don't realize that careers
in manufacturing today are innovative and creative and require not only
high-level skills to operate technical equipment and machines, but also
problem-solving and collaborative skills to drive results. Techs in
manufacturing are in demand and individuals with the right skills and
certification can count on steady employment and excellent earning potential.
We need to encourage more young people to see manufacturing as a career path.
At the same time, manufacturers need to reach out to young people and build
collaborative training alliances with educators to sustain a high-skilled
labor pool for years to come."
As part of the Manpower Manufacturing Challenge Council, ManpowerGroup, in
partnership with Tom Davenport, Harvard Business School manufacturing expert,
released a series of research papers, entitled "The Future of the
Manufacturing Workforce," that detail both problems and solutions to the
industry's skills shortage. Visit www.manpower.us/manufacturing to download
In addition, ManpowerGroup partnered with the Society for Human Resource
Management (SHRM) Foundation to sponsor the Executive Briefing, "Closing the
Manufacturing Skills Gap." The paper highlights four ways to close the skills
gap, including partnerships with community colleges, apprenticeship programs,
nonprofit coalitions and skills certifications.
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