Changing Workforce / Career Development

Perspective: Manufacturers, to solve hiring challenges, look within

By Chris Scherer, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, for the Statesman Journal (Salem, OR)

Mar 08, 2016

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For years now, Oregon manufacturers have bemoaned the difficulty of finding workers with the skills their companies need to compete in a global economy.

They’ve blamed high schools — and the Oregon Legislature that funds them — for cutting career and technical education that once provided a pipeline of job-ready graduates. And they’re right. But that’s not the whole story.

It’s time for manufacturers to ask themselves: What can we do, in our companies, to solve the problem? Leaders from more than 100 Oregon companies will tackle that question on Monday, March 14, in Salem at the 2016 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit.