There is no doubt that an apprenticeship initiative is critical for the future of manufacturing jobs in this country. Manufacturing journalist, TR Cutler, reported that as boomer machinists are retiring so is all their knowledge—it has not been passed on to the next generation. The job shortage is so great according to Cutler that some manufacturers are stalking folks at unemployment centers to recruit labor.
Cutler said most discouraging was that in spite of new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives gradually improving the skills gap, there is a generation to wait before that catches up with demand and there is no rapid panacea. There are more machine shops purchased by venture capital firms which then consolidate to produce an in-house tooling team.
Forward thinking shops have their own apprentice programs and protect them to avoid labor poaching. Generous sign-on bonuses are provided to apprentices.
About TR Cutler, Inc.
TR Cutler, Inc. was founded seventeen years ago by Thomas R. Cutler. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., (www.trcutlerinc.com), the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler maintains extraordinary relationships with clients, journalists, editors, economists, trendsetters, and key business leaders worldwide and has become a key resource for those writing about the manufacturing sector. Cutler founded the Manufacturing Media Consortium in 1999, which now has more than 6,000 global members including journalists, editors, publishers, and economists, worldwide writing about trends, industrial data, manufacturing case studies, material handling profiles, and robotics feature articles. Cutler works with thousands of media outlets to expand the coverage and importance of the manufacturing media coverage.
Cutler has authored more than 6,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals each published in leading monthly trade magazines, B2B periodicals, blogs, and marquis publications globally. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 3500 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler.
Company Name: TR Cutler Inc.
Contact Person: Thomas R. Cutler
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