Rhode Island is experiencing the same phenomenon that is happening across the country. Jobs in manufacturing are being created, but there are not enough qualified workers to fill them. “Many young people don’t know what opportunity looks like today. The new manufacturing in Rhode Island is in defense, marine and infrastructure technology and cyber security. Rhode Island is a defense and undersea technology leader not just in New England but throughout the country.” By showing high schoolers what jobs in manufacturing look like and chipping away at the uncertainty, Rhode Island hopes to train more people to enter the labor pool.
Manufacturing in Rhode Island is alive and well, but not the manufacturing from the days of our grandparents. Technology has changed how we do business today and how we live. Today’s manufacturing requires knowledge in technology, math, ladder logic, G-code, lean manufacturing principles and computer-aided design. Manufacturing represents 15 percent of the state’s economy with more than 1,600 manufacturers in Rhode Island ranging from sole proprietors to companies with more than 100 employees. The number-one challenge I hear from manufacturers is finding qualified candidates to expand their business. The biggest asset of any company is its people. Let’s be real, because not every high school student is going to college, that’s why the governor’s manufacturing initiative in this year’s budget is so important. The General Assembly approved about $3.65 million to upgrade Davies Career & Technical High School to create a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing center. Read More