Women wanting to work in manufacturing may be hesitant about the choice for a variety of reasons. To provide inspiration, we continue our series on top women in manufacturing. Read on to learn more about successful women who have carved a niche for themselves in the industry.
“It is not inevitable, but it is highly likely, that manufacturing will remain male dominated for some time to come.” – Carol Burke, Head, Unipart Manufacturing
Representing 47 percent of the general workforce and only a third of the manufacturing workforce, women still remain an untapped resource. In order for the manufacturing industry to reach its full potential, women must be given equal opportunities for future employment. Women bring creativity, a different perspective, and thought leadership to the workplace, and make manufacturing stronger. From body shop shift leaders to industrial engineering and everything in between, women are now leading the manufacturing sector.
Earlier in our series featuring women in manufacturing you read about why the manufacturing industry needs more women. Now let’s talk about how to get more women to work for manufacturing organizations.
As per a report published by the Manufacturing Institute, while women represent nearly 47% of the total US labor force, they make up less than a third (27%) of the manufacturing workforce. With women representing less than a third of the manufacturing workforce, it is clear manufacturers are missing out on a critical talent pool, which could aid in closing the much-discussed skills gap.
Driven by the ever-evolving complexity in buyer behavior, technological advancements, and competitive pressures, the manufacturing industry is undergoing a massive change. Manufacturing is no longer simply about making physical products. A strong manufacturing industry needs skilled workers to grow, innovate, and be globally competitive. However, the gender gap in the manufacturing industry is still wide. How can bridging this gap help the current situation?