Chris Holman speaks with, President, Michigan Manufacturing Mike Coast about Manufacturing Day and its importance for generating awareness for the wide range of skilled jobs available, the pending labor shortage and the impact of manufacturing to our state.
Manufacturers in Michigan account for 19% of the total output in the state and employ 14% of the workforce. There were 598,000 manufacturing employees in Michigan in 2015, with an average annual compensation of $75,539 in 2014.
Unfortunately, the industry is facing a looming shortage of workers.
According to Deloitte:
- 6 out of 10 open skilled production positions in America are unfilled due to talent shortage.
- Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs need to be filled, but the skills gap likely will result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.
On Friday, October 7, employers from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties opened their doors to an estimated 2,500 high school students from across the region in celebration of Manufacturing Day (MFGDay). MFGDay is a national celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Currently there are 194 events across Michigan, the most of any state in America. A major objective is to introduce students to the “new” face of manufacturing, which offers diverse career opportunities: Engineers, Human Resources, Operations managers, Designers, Sales/marketing professionals, Welders, Computer programmers/operators, Fabricators, Assemblers, Researchers and more. The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) is sponsoring 600 middle school students in Livonia for tours of four locations.
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