Changing Workforce / Career Development

Manufacturers hope factory tours will draw high schoolers to industry jobs

By WBOI (Fort Wayne, IN)

Oct 06, 2017

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Manufacturers across Indiana are hosting groups of high school students in their factories this week as part of an industry push to connect young people with manufacturing careers.

Manufacturers with lots of openings and high turnover rates want more students to turn those interests into careers – especially those who may not want to go to college.

“We’ll train them. We’ll give them extra incentive to go back to school if they want to do that,” says Kirby Risk president Doug Mansfield. “We’ll do whatever we can, because – guess what? Some of us are getting older, and our workforce is declining.”

Kids on the tour asked about wages, and what Mansfield looks for in employees. He says most of all, he needs workers who show up on-time, drug-free.

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