Veterans Address Manufacturing Skills Gap According to Industrial Journalist TR Cutler

Veterans Address Manufacturing Skills Gap According to Industrial Journalist TR Cutler

Manufacturing journalist, TR Cutler recently authored an article addressing how U.S. veterans can fill the manufacturing skills gap. The article is found in Manufacturing Outlook e-zine.   

The average U.S. veteran will take more than a year to find sustainable employment after leaving the military. In the interim, these heroic citizens and their families sink into poverty. This employment gap between transitioning from the U.S. military to gainful employment must be filled. Many of these men and women face barriers to employment, including service-connected disabilities. 

Obtaining the qualifications and training necessary to compete in high-demand industrial positions will increase the self-sufficiency and quality of life of veterans while filling a national employment gap. Military veterans face a significant communication gap with hiring managers when searching for jobs in the civilian workforce. Veterans’ efforts to secure employment is often a greater challenge because of the complexities associated with the transition from military to civilian life. 

Veterans have the skills and abilities needed in manufacturing as well as the creativity and critical thinking needed to adapt to new technology. Veterans know the value of teamwork and focus on maximizing individual contribution for the group’s success. In the “crisis management” modality of manufacturing, veterans have already demonstrated the capacity to perform well under pressure. Manufacturers are learning to leverage veterans’ skills and reduce high turnover rates among veteran populations. Manufacturers committed to the veteran workforce include mentoring, which focuses on acclimation into the workforce, then shifting to professional development opportunities. 

About TR Cutler, Inc. 

Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium.

Cutler has authored more than 7,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 4200 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler

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