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JULY 2017

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up' and flip it on its head," says Michael
Surbaugh, chief scout executive of the Boy
Scouts. "We must show youth the vast opportunities that exist and explain how their
current interests can lead to a rewarding career in the future."
Only 3 percent of survey respondents expressed interest in one of the skilled trades.
The Exploring program offers young people,
ages 10 through 20, the opportunity to spend
time in workplaces and learn directly from
professionals. What is your operation doing
to attract the next-generation workforce?
It's something to continually think about.

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In the next decade, nearly 3.5 million new
manufacturing workers will be needed, and
2 million jobs are expected to go unfilled due
to the skills gap, according to The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. This should
not come as a surprise, and many companies as well as local, state and national organizations are working to ensure the need for
skilled workers is met. But even though the
manufacturing industry has a lot of career
opportunities for those who are interested,
how can the market generate more interest?
Yes, it is important to focus on filling the
skills gap, but manufacturers also must create programs that bridge young people's
work aspirations with in-demand careers.
Exploring, a co-ed career development program created by the Boy Scouts of America,
conducted a career interest survey among
more than 150,000 students from 8th to
12th grade. The survey gauged interest in
more than 200 career options and found
that childhood ambitions evolve with maturity, and that STEM careers are the most
popular. However, healthcare was the
STEM field that drew the most interest.
"As a society, we must take the question
of 'what do you want to do when you grow

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