Today's manufacturing and logistics careers require high-tech skills, and advanced training beyond high school. But as Baby Boomers leave the workforce, the U.S. faces a looming shortage of skilled workers - and compounding the problem, a lack of training programs that meet the needs of today's employers.
The Manufacturing Institute, Conexus Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College, along with organizations in 23 other states, are working together to create a consistent national system of industry-approved manufacturing and logistics credentials, the first step towards building a productive 21st century workforce.
In the months ahead, Conexus will be soliciting employer input on the kinds of training that would comprise a meaningful certification system. To make your voice heard, please sign up below - and to learn more about the project, just click on the documents to the right.
Nationally, manufacturing shows the largest gap between open positions and new hires in 2010, as employers struggle to find workers to fill available jobs.
National surveys of manufacturers (conducted by Deloitte Consulting in conjunction with The Manufacturing Institute) annually rank skilled workers as a top driver of business success.
In Indiana, one of every five jobs is in the manufacturing and logistics sectors, and require more than a high school diploma (but less than a four-year degree).
Only a third of working-age Hoosiers have educational credentials beyond a high school diploma.