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KEEPINGCURRE MANUFACTURING W Help Wanted Recruiting and training young workers could be new way of life for manufacturers When one of the largest economic reces- Addressing the gap VW just started a program to train work- sions ever was at its peak a few years ago, All of this results in what employers call ers on the advanced skills needed to make most manufacturers didn't have a lot of the "skills gap"-an increasing number of Passats assembled in the organization's workers primarily because there wasn't prospective employees who don't have the U.S. plant in Tennessee. Apprentices earn demand for their products. Today, as the skills, including basic math and computer $10 to $11 an hour working part time in economy and manufacturing seem to be abilities, required to perform necessary job the assembly plant while attending classes turning around, organizations are finding it functions. This gap, some industry leaders to learn skills in electronics, mechanics, difficult to find workers with the necessary have said, could hinder U.S. manufacturers' robotics and computer programming before skills for the job. ability to compete.5 starting full-time jobs in VW plants.8 To overcome this gap, a few organiza- A BMW factory in Spartanburg, SC, is activity has continued to increase for nearly tions are focusing on recruiting and training attracting workers with a similar program. a year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics younger workers in new and different ways. reports manufacturing organizations em- For example, Batesville Tool & Die Inc. in In the United States, manufacturing ploy more than 12 million workers. A 2012 The automaker offers part-time work while paying for employees to earn an associate's degree. Upon completion, employees are study by Deloitte LLP revealed, however, almost guaranteed a full-time job and the that about 600,000 skilled manufacturing opportunity to pursue additional education jobs remain unfilled.1 in the future.9 According to another study in staffing Why aren't more manufacturers starting agency ManpowerGroup's annual report, initiatives like this? One negative is the up- 36% of employers around the globe said front monetary and labor costs associated they are experiencing talent shortages in with establishing training programs. A&E 2014. That's the highest figure in seven Custom Manufacturing in Kansas City, for years. For three years in a row, the largest example, faces an average turnaround time shortages were found in positions involv- of 2½ days for a parts order, "so we need ing skilled trades, followed by engineering, our people here every day," said owner and production, operations, and maintenance president Steve Hasty.10 In addition, most U.S. businesses must technician work. 2 fund and run training programs themselves. Of employers looking for talent, 54% said the shortage has a medium to high impact on Indiana, which makes metal stampings for A better support network for manufacturers their ability to meet client needs, and it also vehicles, worked with local high schools could help offset costs, provide incentives reduces their competitiveness and productiv- to create a technical program to educate and allow them to better communicate to ity. According to the study, 24% said that a students about work in manufacturing.6 educators what skills they're looking for. talent shortage negatively affects employee "We've got six to seven openings all the time," said Batesville's CEO Jody Fledderman. Public-private partnerships One contributing factor to this talent "There are new positions that aren't getting In countries such as Germany, businesses shortage, in the United States at least, is filled. We're trying to develop young people share the costs with the government, that more Americans are simply aging out of that can stay in [the] industry for years."7 universities and labor unions, according to engagement, innovation and creativity.3 the workforce. A U.S. Census Bureau study Germany-based automakers Volkswa- Stefanie Jehlitschka, vice president of the showed that by 2030, more than 20% of gen (VW) and BMW have found success in German American Chamber of Commerce. Americans are projected to be 65 or older, establishing apprenticeship programs and Schooling is available for more than 200 compared to 15% in 2010 and 9.8% in 1970.4 worker education policies. professions, and the majority of Germans 12 QP * www.qualityprogress.com http://www.qualityprogress.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - October 2014

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Perspectives
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
Step It Up
Strength in Numbers
Take Care of Your ‘Ugly Baby‘
Getting It Right the First Time
Career Corner
Statistics Roundtable
Quality in the First Person
Standards Outlook
ASQ's Quality Resource Guide
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
Back to Basics

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