Workforce Development for Manufacturers


Workforce Development for Manufacturers

The manufacturing sector continues to face a critical shortage of talent with companies struggling to develop a skilled workforce to meet their needs. According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the manufacturing skills gap in the U.S. could result in 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030, according to a study titled, Creating Pathways for Tomorrow's Workforce Today. The cost of those missing jobs could potentially total $1 trillion in 2030 alone.

Attracting and retaining a quality workforce continues to be the top business challenges in NAM’s Quarterly Outlook Survey.

The FloridaMakes Network is engaged in a wide variety of activities to help manufacturers develop a skilled talent pipeline and workforce practices to create an effective organizational culture to become an employer of choice.

FloridaMakes Workforce Development Programs


FloridaMakes Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year


Build a Better Workplace by Fostering a Culture of Recognition
A key retention strategy is to recognize employees for their work and dedication. Florida Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year Awards provides the means for manufacturers with a registered apprenticeship program to elevate recognition of their apprentices. Nominate your manufacturing apprentices today!


Expand your recruiting and hiring efforts to include non-traditional talent pipelines.
Hiring from non-traditional talent pools can bring a range of benefits to an organization. It can provide access to a wider pool of potential employees who may have unique skills, experiences, and perspectives that are valuable to the company. It can help to address the skills gap by tapping into underutilized talent resources and filling key positions with individuals who may have been overlooked by traditional recruitment methods.

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