Supply Chain

We Can Train CTE Students with the Skills They Need to Fill Jobs

When Congress needs research to better inform them when drafting laws, they task the Congressional Research Service with preparing a report on the subject. Recently, they prepared a report titled “Job Creation in the Manufacturing Revival”, which was commissioned in response to multiple bills that are introduced in Congress to promote manufacturing, often with the goal to create jobs.

This report does hit some of the harder realities of our industry – that it no longer looks like it once did. The manufacturing sector was known for being “uniquely able to provide well-paid employment for workers who have not pursued education beyond high school,” which was and is a good thing. But some of those jobs seem to no longer be there.

However, there will always be jobs in manufacturing – they will just look different.

MHI releases a report every year on the changes in the supply chain. This report provides updates on the nine innovative technologies we predict will have the most potential to transform supply chains into next-generation models. It also provide information on barriers to adoption, top supply chain challenges, strategies for leaders and real-world case studies. (You can read the full report here.)

The workforce talent gap has been discussed in our last four reports, and according to those we surveyed, “hiring and retaining a skilled workforce continues to be the biggest obstacle facing supply chain professionals.” 50% of our respondents said that training their workforce to use new technologies in supply chain is a top priority.

So how do we get ahead of this curve? We train our workforce to have the base skills they need, which is why we have an MHI CTE program, to work with schools, both at high school and college levels, to provide students – future workers – with the skills those currently working in the industry say they need.

If we give them the skills they need, they can fill the jobs.