U.S. manufacturing skills honed in order to fill jobs

June 11, 2012

Many view the U.S. manufacturing renaissance as one of the reasons that the overall economy is improving, and this resurgence may be sustained due to the rising number of people who are being trained to fill the industry's high-skilled jobs.

According to a release from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, the U.S. government is looking to create a workforce to fill the 600,000 manufacturing jobs that are currently vacant.

The Manufacturing Institute and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) are working together to build an educated and skilled workforce, exactly what manufacturers in the country are saying they need. Additional objectives include executing a lean transformation and a more efficient business strategy, to enhance its competitiveness in the global economy.

"This joint action between industry, education and the public sector will grow a skilled manufacturing workforce and strengthen the U.S. economy," said Leo Reddy, CEO, MSSC. "In the year since the U.S. President's announcement, MSSC is pleased to have been a major contributor to meeting the President's goal."

The institute and the MSSC are looking to transform the U.S. workforce, as the number of unfilled jobs can be dramatically reduced with a new type of training to produce highly-skilled workers for the sector.

"The Institute remains committed to building the educated and skilled workforce our nation's manufacturers need to stay competitive," said Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute.

The Wichita Business Journal outlined how the manufacturing sector in the U.S. has grown significantly from April 2011 to the same month this year. While certain areas have prospered more than others, the nation's 100 biggest metropolitan areas added 98,900 jobs during this period.

Laid off employees are being called back to work, new positions are being created and new sectors within manufacturing are emerging, as the U.S. industry is recovering and growing.

Despite a slowdown in April 2012, as factory orders dropped for the first time in months, the sector is not suffering. Economists have predicted the new orders will rise in coming months and the industry will continue to prosper, TIME Magazine reported.

"We think U.S. manufacturing remains in good shape and that it will continue to expand at a solid rate in the coming months," analysts from RDQ Economics told the news outlet.