The term silver tsunami refers to the baby boomers retiring from manufacturing jobs that are not being filled.
Millennials don't seem to be incredibly interested in these jobs, but Generation Z could be the answer. The teachers, counselors, and other adults in their life are starting to encourage them to explore opportunities in the manufacturing field.
Industry Week reported, "When surveyed about the likeability and availability of work, 54% of Generation Z respondents agreed that there is a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in the U.S., and 43% agreed that manufacturing jobs are an attractive option to younger workers and the next generation of workers."
This is significant and shows a lot of promise! With the right education and guidance, many in Generation Z could find fulfilling careers in manufacturing.
A new study, 2019 L2L Manufacturing Index, which examined the American public’s perceptions of U.S. manufacturing, found that adults in Generation Z (those aged 18-22) are 19% more likely to have had a counselor, teacher or mentor suggest they look into manufacturing as a viable career option when compared to the general population.These findings may be in relation to Generation Z having a larger exposure to the industry compared to previous generations with one-third (32%) having family members or friends working in the manufacturing industry, compared to 19% for Millennials and 15% for the general population.Read More