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What you can learn from a high schooler about attracting young talent

Graham Immerman
March 11, 2019

With the current skills gap in manufacturing, everyone is trying to attract young talent! 

One high school student said that she still had a very old view of manufacturing. She thought jobs in manufacturing were repetitive, assembly line positions. After some time shadowing in the field, however, she changed her mind!

She recommended, "In order to better engage youth, manufacturers have to focus on aspects of manufacturing jobs that involve creativity and innovative ideas, and have to highlight how their company is creating change in the community."

Also, shadowing in high school changed her mind, so creating shadowing opportunities could be a good move for your business!

Why Manufacturing’s Not CoolSource: http://www.industryweek.com

Manufacturing and factory jobs don't appeal to me—and most high school students I know—because they are associated with confinement, boredom, and little room for individual advancement or creativity.Instead of advertising manufacturing jobs with the selling points of high pay and job demand, center on how these careers offer a dynamic, meaningful, and purposeful line of work.Read More

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