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The NAM and MI launch National Manufacturing Campaign and Tour to close US workforce skills gap by 2025

  • 1.  The NAM and MI launch National Manufacturing Campaign and Tour to close US workforce skills gap by 2025

    Posted 02-12-2020 16:05
    Today, The National Association of Manufacturers  (NAM) and The Manufacturing Institute (MI) announced the launch of one of the most important campaigns ever undertaken by manufacturers in the United States- "Creators Wanted" .

    The 2020 national workforce campaign, which includes a nationwide 20-25 city bus tour and "Making America Festival", is about building connections for people across America, so they can become manufacturers, grow in their careers and support the manufacturing industry.

    According to the Manufacturing Institute's Center for Manufacturing Research, between now and 2028 modern manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs.  More than half of these jobs could be left unfilled because of two issues:  a skills gap and outdated misconceptions about modern manufacturing.  "Creators Wanted" is manufacturers solution for tackling a manufacturing's perception challenge and creating demand for opportunities in modern manufacturing.

    The Creators Wanted campaign will  help to reshape how most Americans view modern manufacturing careers and by 2025 aims to:
    • reduce the skills gap in the United States by 600,000 
    • increase the number of students enrolling in technical and vocational schools or reskilling programs by 25%
    • increase the positive perception of the industry among parents to 50% from 27%
    To sustain the momentum created by Creators Wanted, The Manufacturing Institute will enhance and grow existing initiatives aimed at supporting manufacturers in retaining  the current manufacturing workforce of over 12.8 million workers, increase students pursuit of, apprenticeship programs aimed at and the presence of more women, veterans, and racial/ethnic talent in the future manufacturing workforce.

    But we can not do it alone and need your help!  How many of you will join the "Creators Wanted" movement?

    Learn more about the Creators Wanted Movement and sign up today on the Creators Wanted website.

    Constance Thompson
    Sr. Director, Women's Engagement
    The Manufacturing Institute
    [email protected]