Many customers that we talk to are talking about the same thing: workforce attrition.
There is a major shortage of a skilled workforce and people are retiring. Companies are struggling to bring up the next generation.
“The average age has shot way up near the retirement age, where manufacturing is trying to entice retirees back in because they don’t have the amount of skilled, educated workers coming in to replace the people that are leaving. And I don’t think it’s being dramatic to say that it has reached a crisis point”Jason Simon, who is the Director at AMTEC
How can industry solve this problem?
First, industry has a marketing problem. We have allowed a perception to go unchallenged way too long. We have heard that public perception is that manufacturing plants are hot, old, and dirty. THAT COULDN’T BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH! Manufacturing facilities are highly technical and constantly evolving with new technologies.
Second, industry needs to rethink our traditional institutions. There needs to be a standard that is scalable and adaptable, and quick to implement. It is imperative for the future of industry that subject matter experts come together, even from direct competitors, and solve this problem. This is where AMTEC comes in to bridge the gap.
AMTEC, the Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative, is pioneering this methodology and it is proving results. They found out through bringing many SMEs in from different industry sectors to establish education standards that a maintenance technician in automotive has very similar skill sets as one in aerospace, food and beverage, or even utility. This was a wonderful breakthrough to develop standards, but a larger problem remains:
The gap between todays institutions: Education and Industry
Education is full of bureaucracy and moves at a snail’s pace. Industry, especially now during industrial 4.0 and IIoT, is moving at breakneck speeds. This is extremely difficult to account for when the technicians you need today in industry must go through a multi-year education course, and by the time they graduate, are already behind the eight ball.
“Understanding the unique challenges that both sides, industry and education, has and then looking for those unique solutions, whether that be apprenticeship models…or work and learn models…”Jason Simon, who is the Director at AMTEC
It is not an us v them approach. AMTEC is providing a turnkey solution for education to teach industrial skilled workers and to provide them to their industry partners. For education, they focus on providing a curriculum for a hybrid environment: hands on in a lab or workplace, and in classroom. For Industry, they are bridging the gap of the time it takes to provide a skilled laborer.
This happens through their industry partners as well as their instructors. Many of their instructors are from industry and have hands on experience for what they are teaching. Also, they bring in their industry partner to provide them the areas that the curriculum needs updates.
The symbiotic relationship that they have demonstrated between industry and education is a wonderful start to solving a massive crisis in America.
Our country is built on manufacturing and if the machines in manufacturing aren’t running then manufacturing goes down. And if we can’t put skilled workers in there that can figure out why the machine goes down and get it back up really quickly and if we can’t put enough of them in there, manufacturing is going to continue to struggle….if we don’t get a new generation of workers in there, then manufacturing is not going to be able to be effective and efficient. And that’s a crisis.Jason Simon, who is the Director at AMTEC