The Industry Digest

The Industry Digest: Why big tech workers should consider a career in manufacturing

Dec. 10, 2022
Here are this week’s industrial trends and perspectives, including ways to recruit and retain women in industry.

The internet is a vast space that is filled with rabbit holes, endless search results, and adorable cat videos that will consume your entire day in a flash. Finding the information and insights you need to improve productivity and efficiency at your facility can be daunting. Luckily, Plant Services is here to help. We search the web and curate the industry perspectives, trends, and topics that will affect you and your industry. Here are a few of our favorite stories from this week.

Laid Off From Tech? Try Manufacturing Next [Machine Design]
As more and more big tech companies announce layoffs and other cost-cutting measures, these dissatisfied or newly unemployed workers might want to consider a lucrative career in manufacturing. The manufacturing industry is always looking to expand its workforce, and a talent pool that is intimately familiar with digital environments would be an asset to the industry.

Here’s How Manufacturing Can Stop Missing The Potential Of Half The Population [Forbes]
In this article, Ethan Karp, President and CEO of the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), interviews two women who are experienced leaders within the manufacturing sector. Carla Macklin founded two healthcare manufacturing firms and currently runs a health-tech company. Sara Ann MacKinlay is the president of a surgical device maker.

Manufacturing Industries That Employ The Most Women [Get It Made]
It is well documented that the manufacturing industry is facing a skills gap, but the key to solving that problem might be to close the gender gap. Despite women being underrepresented in the wider sector, there are manufacturing industries and companies that are actively working to attract and retain women in their workforce. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2021 Current Population Survey, Get it Made compiled a list of manufacturing verticals that employ the most women.

The 8 Adaptive Skills That Can Secure Manufacturing’s Future [Forbes]
Looking for new initiatives to close the skills gap is always top of mind for manufacturing executives. Many agree that addressing the workforce shortage through the lens of adaptive skills will be essential to building a strong manufacturing sector. This article highlights eight adaptive skills likely to be at the heart of tomorrow’s workforce.

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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