"A strong manufacturing industry is fundamental to our nation’s economic prosperity. Since the industrial revolution, manufacturing has contributed to higher export potential, better standards of living, and more jobs." (Credit) This quote was from a study done by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte called, "The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing: 2015 and Beyond". The study evaluates the widening skills gap and the future of the manufacturing industry. The study claims that in the next 10 years we will need roughly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs, but only 1.4 million of those jobs are likely to be filled.
Reportedly, manufacturing employees are most deficient in 4 main areas: technology/computer skills, problem solving, basic technical training and math skills. This is a major problem as many of the jobs require technical knowledge and the ability to problem solve.
“We cannot fully realize the renaissance of U.S. manufacturing unless and until we solve the manufacturing skills gap. Manufacturers are the key to solving this problem. By aligning together and clearly defining their needs—and speaking with one voice, they can work with secondary and post-secondary schools and government to create a system that attracts, develops, and retains skilled manufacturing talent.” - Dr. Charles Blankenship, President and Chief Executive Office, GE Appliances & Lighting