In the 2011 Skills Gap Report produced by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, over 80% of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs. As a result, there are approximately 600,000 manufacturing jobs open right now in the United States. Manufacturers need a talented pipeline, but they also need the Right Skills Now.
The Manufacturing Institute, in response to this issue, has teamed up with General Electric, Boeing (Baldrige Award recipients in 1998 and 2003), Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, and other business, digital, academic, and not-for-profit partners to launch an endeavor to train military veterans for specific jobs in advanced manufacturing, in essence augmenting America’s competitiveness. This is a skills-match program that will combine the efforts of a company called Futures, Inc., which has created a digital “badge” system that easily translates the Military Occupational Specialty codes (MOS) to identify best-fit civilian positions in advanced manufacturing. In the past, most companies did not have an easy way of understanding the equivalence of an MOS to the skills and abilities needed in civilian jobs. For example, veterans that have advanced training in welding and machining can now be easily identified by their MOS using the system designed by Futures. This is a great step forward for the hundreds of thousands of veterans looking for work in this country, even if they do not quite possess the right skills needed for these jobs. In the short term, the Institute and its partners will work with local communities, businesses, and technical colleges to establish a program called Right Skills Now, which offers specialized degree and certification programs to those applicable to a fast-track program.
Initially, this effort will open up 15,000 positions for military veterans. The group of partners, working under the title Get Skills to Work (see links below) is looking for additional businesses to join their cause and reach 100,000 veterans by 2015.
“The Manufacturing Institute is proud to be partnering with GE and other committed employers to make their investments in veterans and workforce training have a real impact in communities across the country,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. “Working with our partners, we will help create real opportunities for transitioning service members to get the skills they need to access in-demand manufacturing jobs.”
For the full press release from the Manufacturing Institute, click here.
To read more about Get Skills to Work, click here.
To read more about Right Skills Now for Manufacturing, click here.
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