What’s the problem?
There is currently a significant skills and awareness gap in manufacturing. Companies across southwestern Pennsylvania cannot find qualified workers to fill their current positions. This problem will only get worse as it is compounded by a rapidly aging workforce.
- The manufacturing workforce is already older – and aging faster – than the overall U.S. labor force.
- By 2035, for the first time in U.S. history, retirement-age Americans will outnumber Americans under 18.
- By 2030, manufacturers estimate over 4.5 million open positions across the United States and more than 2 million of these positions could remain unfilled.
Why is it important?
Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry has long been the backbone of the state’s economy and continues to play a critical role in designing, machining, and producing complex components. Today, more than 14,000 Pennsylvania-based manufacturers contribute over $90 billion annually to the economy and offer jobs with an average annual wage over $75,000. Yet, the manufacturing industry faces a significant challenge– the lack of skilled employees to meet their workforce needs. Now in the midst of its fourth revolution, manufacturing needs employees with advanced technological and problem-solving skills.
BotsIQ has been successful in our initial mission—raising awareness of manufacturing careers— but there’s still work to do. We understand the importance of attracting, preparing and empowering the next generation of manufacturing workers. The simple truth: manufacturing provides rewarding career opportunities and well-staffed companies become thriving companies. That is good for our region, our state and our country.
Interested in learning more? Contact Michel Conklin ([email protected]) or visit our Programs page.