Upskilling Current Workers to Address Skill Shortages


A shortage of skilled workers to fill current vacancies and the growing skills gap in the manufacturing workforce is becoming one of the most pressing problems facing manufacturers. Whether it is a new product, increased sales, or more innovative equipment, employers are seeking talent for the changing manufacturing landscape.

Finding a pool of potential candidates with the necessary knowledge and skills can be a daunting task. Employers frequently voice their frustration and dissatisfaction with the caliber of individuals seeking manufacturing positions. Finding individuals who can quickly master the needed skills and who fit into the company’s culture can be frustrating.

Upskilling current workers is one strategy that companies are starting to consider as a way to get the needed qualified workforce. Incumbent worker training, whether delivered at the company or at an educational institution, can be the short-term solution. Current employees have already demonstrated their ability to do the work and fit into the company’s culture. Providing them an opportunity for training is often a welcome benefit that can lead to promotions and employee retention.

Partnering with a local community college or university can provide easy access to quality instruction that can be adapted to meet the company’s needs. Participating in company sponsored training can motivate employees to continue their education and pursue additional credentials or degrees.

MAGNET: the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network works with companies to assess their talent needs, identify their skill gaps, and develop a plan to address current and future workforce needs. As a workforce intermediary, MAGNET helps companies connect with educational partners and identify the knowledge and skills needed. The content and delivery format can be adapted to fit the company’s schedule.

By upskilling current workers, employers have a confidence level about their employees’ ability to meet the company’s production demands. Once training is completed and individuals are promoted, employers can seek candidates ready for the On-the-Job training needed to fill the positions vacated by advancing incumbent workers.

Interested in developing your workforce? Call MAGNET at 216.391.7766 or email

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