Continuous Skills Training Helps Reduce Skills Gap

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A new study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute (MI) has revealed that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic cost CNC manufacturing companies in the US around 1.4 million jobs in the early stages of 2020. While by the end of the year, many of those were replaced, there’s still a shortfall of skills in the industry, with around 570,000 vacancies yet to be filled. That could cost the country around $1 trillion. Davis Technical College is taking steps to provide better training, especially for CNC manufacturing students, by partnering and creating programs to upgrade their skills.

In general, CNC manufacturing requires precision and great attention to detail, which students can attain through many hours of training and education. CNC manufacturing companies are constantly looking for new talent, so the type of program the College has created is sure to prove highly useful to the industry.

Davis Tech has partnered with Renishaw PLC to give its students access to the very latest in measurement technologies. Students at the College now have on-site access to coordinate measuring machines (CMM). They also have access to other Renishaw equipment that allows for faster and more precise measurements of the components they need to build.

The College has been training individuals in preparation for a career in the industrial workforce for more than three decades. It partners with different companies, as it has with Renishaw, with the goal of engaging the industry, improving education, and creating a community of members to share opportunities for everyone. One of the various courses they offer is CNC machining.

Skills Gap Issue

Over the past six years, the manufacturing industry has enjoyed a steady influx of work, creating over 600,000 job vacancies. That has massively assisted an industry that has long suffered problems in attracting and retaining skilled, quality workers.

But with the ongoing pandemic, the future began to look less bright. And even though many of the job positions have been recouped and unemployment figures are high, Deloitte and the MI have reported in their 2021 Manufacturing Talent study that the 800 surveyed executives in the manufacturing industry are now finding it 36% harder to recruit the right talent than it was in 2018.

A staggering 77% of those interviewed stated they anticipated ongoing difficulties in attracting and retaining workers from hereon in.

CNC manufacturing companies are constantly seeking applicants for entry-level and mid-level positions, but the skills gap is making it increasingly hard for them to find the right individuals.

If the situation continues as it is, the US manufacturing skills gap could find itself with more than 2.1 million jobs unfilled by 2030. This is a huge concern because the manufacturing industry has the highest multiplier effect of any sector in the economy. As the researchers note, for every $1 spent in manufacturing, a further $2.74 is added to the economy. This means that jobs left unfilled in manufacturing will potentially negatively affect the economy by over $1 trillion by 2030.

But if so many are unemployed, why is the industry faced with a lack of applicants? According to Carolyn Lee, the executive director of the Manufacturing Institute, it’s false assumptions about working in manufacturing that’s the problem. The misconceptions include viewing the industry as a dark, dangerous and dirty place to work; doubts about whether roles will be rewarding; and fears that the work-life balance may be out of kilter.

Creators Wanted

To help solve this ongoing challenge, the National Association of Manufacturers and the MI are teaming together to kick off the Creators Wanted mobile experience. It is a program featuring a 53-foot trailer that will travel across the country, starting this fall in Washington, D.C.

The truck will have five rooms in an escape room-style set-up. Teams of four will enter each room to find a series of challenges that can be solved by using the information provided on modern manufacturing techniques. Throughout, visitors are shown what the future of manufacturing looks like and signposted to details of educational paths and even local apprenticeships tailored to each individual’s interests. It’s hoped that this initiative will start breaking down the perceived barriers to entry into the sector.

New Kind of Roles

Deloitte has also developed a series of personas to describe the new types of roles that will need to be filled in the future. These types of roles include digital twin engineer, predictive supply network analyst, drone data coordinator, smart safety supervisor, and robot teaming coordinator.

The roles are in no way mundane. For example, the robot teaming coordinator deals with training individuals and humans to work together in a collaborative atmosphere, which is vital to optimal human-machine interactions.

Diversity, equity and inclusion will also be key to the industry’s success in the future. This offers an environment where people have fair opportunities, resources, and the power to thrive in the work environment. According to the study, an analysis of Fortune 500 manufacturing companies shows that businesses fostering and cultivating diversity and spending time building inclusive environments are likely to be more stable and report a stronger financial performance. 63% of these manufacturers show a strong link between diversification and their ability to attract, retain, and develop their workers.

Precise Manufacturing of Parts

The manufacturing industry relies on precise measurements. Even the smallest of miscalculations could result in a large negative difference to the final output. This is why finding a reliable manufacturer is vital to any company.

Weimi Hardware Technology is a CNC manufacturing and machining parts company that has worked with a wide range of industries across the globe. These include companies in the automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, medical, and oil industries.

We provide a multitude of parts that are manufactured with the utmost precision and care by our highly qualified staff using state-of-the-art equipment. For all enquiries regarding our services, call +17134898699 or send us an email at info@cncmanufacturing.net.

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