Everyone agrees that getting students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and eventually manufacturing and supply chain is key to our collective success. Both the US and Europe know this ‘skills gap’ is a genuine threat to their ability to compete and that automation is not the answer. In fact, automation and the digital transformation of manufacturing is creating additional demand for more new skills in the industry like data analysis and robotic engineering.
For an association like the IPC, and any other for that matter, this is top of mind and a continuous source of concern for their members. For that reason, various initiatives are already in place, including partnerships with academia to inspire youngsters to consider a career in the industry. But are they working and what does it look like from the student’s point of view? I wanted to find out. Gathering a panel from those close to the IPC initiative along with someone who spends time working directly with students seemed like a good start.
Collette Buscemi, senior director of Education Programs at IPC outlined the exciting and interactive program that IPC ran at APEX as well as their ongoing efforts in this area, while Dr. John W. Mitchell, president & CEO of IPC, whose doctorate is in education, explained the scale of the issue as they and their members see it. Alec J. Babiarz is vice president and foundation board chair at MiraCosta College and has real hands-on experience of what makes students tick and what challenges them on a day-to-day basis.
The three shared the stage at APEX in San Diego to debate the work being done and the industry’s ability to meet the demands of creating a well-trained skilled workforce of the future.
Filmed on location in San Diego at the SCOOPstudio with sponsorship from Aegis Software, Cogiscan, Creative Electron, Fuji America, KIC and Koh Young Technology.