Manufacturing Industry: Skill Gap & Gender Gap

Women-in-ManufacturingOver the past 20 years, the manufacturing industry in the US has evolved greatly due to the increase in global and international business. Since companies have gone overseas for manufacturing to lessen labor and material costs, there has also been another shift taking place that no one really talks about. It is the shift involving job skills and gender, which has impacted the manufacturing industry as a whole just as outsourcing overseas has. Since manufacturing jobs have gone overseas in the last couple decades, there has been less of a demand for people to go out and  find manufacturing jobs, and less of a demand to get a degree in engineering or math. This has caused a huge shortage for companies who are seeking skilled workers to perform manufacturing jobs. As a metal fabricator, here at VIP, we can completely relate to this issue and being able to find skilled workers.

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