November 30, 2017

The State of Modern Manufacturing – What's to Celebrate?

By Beverly M. Riddick, RTWBC

The manufacturing industry faces several major challenges, notably a widening skills gap and an aging workforce. U.S. companies will be facing two million job vacancies by 2025 in manufacturing. So why is this a good thing?

Increasing awareness, boosting skills, and changing perceptions: Solutions in Action

AMTEC, Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative, is a prime model of skills gap solutions in action. AMTEC’s vision is a recognized collaboration of colleges and companies working together to strengthen the competency and global competitiveness of the automotive manufacturing workforce, and their success thus far has been overwhelming.

Skills training and certifications such as the Certified Production Technician (CPT) offered by MSSC are enhancing opportunities for manufacturing employees while ensuring employers have a workforce that increases productivity and competitiveness.

At our June convening, we had the privilege of hearing from Mary Toner, Advisory Coordinator at CTE Business Career Pathways Academy, St. Paul, MN, who partners with employers in industries including manufacturing to introduce youth to these pathways and train them in industry-specific skills. Toner addressed some of the solutions and successes these partnerships have rendered.

We look forward to deepening the focus on career pathways specific to manufacturing in our upcoming virtual convening series tentatively scheduled on October 31st and November 1st.


Ready To Work Business Collaborative, founded by a collective of Fortune 500 companies, is committed to working cooperatively to develop hiring best practices that target the long-term unemployed, under-employed, people with disabilities, military veterans, and Opportunity Youth. The RTWBC accomplishes this mission through collaboration, thought-leadership, and services that support employers who desire to serve these talent pools better.

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