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Let’s Celebrate U.S. Manufacturing Day

It may not have the cache of some of the more well-known holidays, but Manufacturing Day offers an important opportunity to raise awareness about manufacturing and its place in the United States economy. It’s time to let people know that present-day manufacturing offers exciting career opportunities in a highly technical industry.

Today, four out of five manufacturers cannot find the skilled workers they need, and pundits predict that that gap between supply and demand is only going to get bigger. To address the issue, manufacturers have been using this new celebration on the first Friday in October since 2012. The hope is to get people outside the industry excited about the possibility of working in manufacturing.

The idea of Manufacturing Day was created by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA). Other organizations also helped coordinate the national celebration of all things manufacturing, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

Today, thousands of manufacturers across the country are hosting open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other events, whole community and technical colleges are also working to help get the word out:  That those who choose manufacturing have an opportunity to be part of a well-paid and highly trained workforce who use state-of-the-art equipment to address real needs. “Manufacturing Day is all about showing the community that this industry provides sustainable, well-paid jobs, with limitless opportunities for advancement,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Jennifer McNelly.

So far, this approach has worked. Late last year, the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte released the results of a survey about how students, educators and employees were affected by Manufacturing Day 2016. It found that:

  • 89% of students and 88% percent of educators were more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities. 
  • 84% of students and 90% percent of educators were more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding.
  • 64% of students were more motivated to pursue a manufacturing career.
  • 89% of manufacturers that hosted Manufacturing Day events saw value in participating, and 86 percent are likely to host an event again in the future. 

“Manufacturing Day is a unique opportunity for manufacturers to show their community and future employees opportunities for innovative and high-paying careers within the industry,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “It’s exciting to see what a powerful impact these events had on the public’s perception of the manufacturing economy and the meaningful careers that exist in our industry.” 

Now, in some states, the whole month of October is dedicated to the celebration of manufacturing so it’s not too late to get involved. Share the infographic belowwith your friends on social media and tell your story of how you got involved in manufacturing and the supply chain. Let’s get some people inspired to look at high-tech global electronics as a potential career path.  

— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN Circle me on Google+ Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn page Friend me on Facebook

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