October is Manufacturing Month. Most industries have their ebbs and flows, but the reliability and core strength of manufacturing is something to be celebrated across the nation. Manufacturing offers potential for skilled employees, has jobs available, and impacts our economy and environment every day.
There are many reasons to celebrate manufacturing, especially in the state of Connecticut. From large corporations to small family-owned manufacturing plants, Connecticut has thrived on the industry and grown throughout the years. The greatest challenge the industry faces now is getting more people to see the benefits of working in manufacturing.
At CTmrg, we have created an Infographic that spells out why the next generation of workers should look into manufacturing as an option. It covers a variety of topics that are of specific interest to them from growth potential to the environment. The key is to sell the concept of manufacturing first and then your individual company.
The following highlights some of the details of the infographic as well as other points to be made when selling the idea of a career in manufacturing:
- Job Availability – Presently, with all the open manufacturing positions, the worry of finding a well-paying job is a thing of the past. These open positions are available across the country and are more accessible than ever. Recruiting and interviews have transitioned online for most companies and some training can be remote, making it easier to transition into a position.
- Use of Online Tools – The surge in online workshops and webinars during the pandemic has developed the growth potential within manufacturing. Accessible training on an independent schedule allows workers to take initiative and companies to rise to this demand. Companies are looking for workers who are driven and committed and can support training by covering the costs or even creating modules themselves for everyone to learn.
- Tuition Reimbursement – An employee may come in as a machine operator but find that their interests lie in Quality Control. As opportunities arise, combining education with experience helps workers realize their full potential. This benefit creates opportunities for someone with an interest in earning a degree while working, to avoid a huge amount of debt.
- Stability – Shifting career paths is a worry of years gone by. Previously, if a worker wanted to start at a manufacturer, they would have to move their entire family and life for training, and then again to the new place of employment. The current widespread need for skilled workers across the country means that if a life situation forces a location change, there will be a job waiting in manufacturing.
- Job Growth – As more of the manufacturing process becomes automated, there are more managerial positions available and operational positions opening every day. This comes with adaptable work environments and a willingness to learn. Showcasing this growth potential can change the conversation from an entry-level job into a dedicated career path.
- Environmental Impact – Highlighting manufacturers with greener products and processes is a draw for the next generation of employees. Much of the responsibility of the health of our planet has been put on the backs of the individual. Gen Z, who are entering the workforce now, are focused on what corporations are doing to help. Empowering them to make a difference is a great way to get the conversation started.
If you would like to use the infographic we’ve created, please Contact Us. We are also available to help your company showcase the benefits of manufacturing and to create a communication program for the recruitment and retention of your employees.