In order to engage youth, we need to come together

In Brig. Gen. Robert E. Mansfield Jr.’s blog, Exciting American Youth About Manufacturing: Maybe it’s time to think about a ‘Future Manufacturers of America’ organization from March 31, 2011 he states the obvious point that “In order to excite the youth of America about manufacturing in the modern age, we need to raise the awareness of the youth.”  No one argues this and everyone in the industry sees it as a need.

However, his next point and one that I have continued to make myself is, that despite the many good programs across the country that attempt to address the awareness and image issues as well as the curricular ones, including MAGNET’s own Dream It. Do It. Program, the problem remains that the programs that exist are not well coordinated.  What we end up with and what we have today are pockets of excellence and hope.  Programs that reach a few, when we need them to reach many, duplicative services and overlap and at the same time gaps and areas that go unaddressed.

We need local, state and national organizations that are currently competing for financial resources and employer buy-in, in a time where both are limited to collaborate and cooperate.  Everyone must be on the same page and have the same goals.  In order to build an effective system, some organizations will have to step up and others will have to step aside.  The goal of creating a qualified pipeline of workers for the new world of manufacturing is a worthy and vital one.  I hope for the future of the industry, our country’s global competitiveness and our young people’s future that we can come together and soon.

Posted by MAGNET Ohio in Attracting-Young-People-To-Manufacturing-Careers, Education, Workforce-Development

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