Signs of progress emerge in addressing skills gap

Multitude of programs turning the tide for manufacturing
Perhaps no single issue has been more at the forefront of manufacturing discussions over the last several years than the skills gap. The idea that employers are not able to find enough potential employees to fill their needs has been a topic at seminars and conferences and has drawn the attention of both the press and lawmakers.

While some researchers have questioned whether the skills gap is really just a wage gap, the issue ultimately boils down to a question facing almost every industry: Where will the next generation of workers come from?

Like many industries, manufacturing faces a looming wave of retirements by baby boomers. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 25.6 percent of Wisconsin’s manufacturing workforce is older than 55, up from 21.5 percent at the end of 2010.  MORE…

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