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Thomasnet: Skills Gap Isn't the Only Workforce Challenge

Date: 
September 27, 2018
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In recent years, there's been much talk about the “skills gap” facing the manufacturing world. The problem is, this is only partially true. Yes, there’s a deficit in our skilled trades pipeline, and we as employers, educators, and communities need to rally around the value of skilled trades, supporting the growth of this critical workforce — starting in junior high, if not earlier. But there’s another issue at play for mid-market manufacturing: the strategic gap.

Historically, manufacturing hasn’t had to look far for employees. There was always a good pool of skilled labor, at a reasonable price, and they came to companies with minimal effort. The challenge today is that the environment has changed. Unemployment is low, so it’s now an employee — not an employer — market. This means that the up-and-coming workforce has more power, more options, more choices, and can make more demands on employers.

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