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Manufacturing workforce development: Opportunity knocks

Skills gap necessitates new hiring approaches, outreach.

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How do manufacturers secure and develop reliable, long-term employees? They reconsider traditional employment requirements, train early, and hire locally. In their 2018 skills-gap study, Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that “prioritizing competencies and potential in job candidates over strict adherence to sometimes arbitrary factors such as years of experience” could prove productive and even necessary in manufacturers’ quest to find needed talent.A shortfall in skilled, trained employees could lead to missed market opportunities as well as a decrease in innovation and new product development, the study noted. Sixty percent of the manufacturer…

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