Several open positions for skilled workers in the manufacturing remain unoccupied due to the skills gap. We are aware, these “skilled positions” require specific training or skillsets and often take months to fill. These include production workers, maintenance, engineers, and operation managers. A recent study points to the top reasons these positions tend to go unfilled. What are the reasons? A negative perception of the manufacturing industry topping the list, followed by the shift in desired skillsets due to advanced technologies, and retirement of baby boomers.
The real problem is, over the next few years, inability to fill open positions is expected to have the great impact on manufacturing companies. This will likely pose a challenge for manufacturers responding to new market opportunities and those focused on increasing growth.