The next big challenge for manufacturing is most likely going to be recruiting employees.
Millennials don't seem to be very interested in entering the manufacturing field, likely because they have an outdated view of what the jobs are like.
Here are two ways you can get millennials more excited about manufacturing!
1: Get high school teachers involved
A high school teacher taking an internship in manufacturing might sound odd - but it's actually a great idea!
Industry Week reported, "An industrial technology teacher at Roseville Area High School in Minnesota, Krautkremer said he wanted to learn more about the manufacturing process and possibly create connections between his students and businesses." He spent a few days learning the ropes so he could teach his students about it!
Teachers have an enormous influence on the paths students take. Showing teachers the amazing opportunities in manufacturing could encourage them to pass that excitement along.
2. Change the perception
We know there are a ton of great reasons to work in manufacturing - but does the general public?
For example The Fabricator reported, "Millennials may not be aware that manufacturing jobs pay on average nearly three times the federal minimum wage for production and nonsupervisory employees, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics."
When you put that together with the fact that manufacturing workers are in high demand and many millennials enjoy working with technology, jobs in the field start to look really appealing.
Let's get the word out there, manufacturing and millennials are a great fit! They just might not have had the right exposure or experiences to know it.