Around 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled over the next decade and two million are expected to go unfilled due to a major lack of skilled candidates, as per a report by the Manufacturing Institute. Moreover, the work in factories has evolved over the last decade or so, as manufacturing companies have invested in advanced machinery and new technologies requiring a new set of skills.
The modern manufacturing industry now needs a highly skilled workforce in nearly every aspect of manufacturing, whether it is as a machinist, welder, engineer, assembler, 3D designer, or maintenance worker. In order to get a skilled workforce, manufacturers must make the investment in training programs that pay workers while they are doing on-the-job training and then provides a full-time job upon completion of the program.
Here are some of the ways an apprentice can benefit manufacturing organizations and the industry as a whole.
# 1 Bridge the skills gap
Most manufacturing companies are finding it tough to hire people with the particular skills which they need to move their business forward. Apprenticeships can tackle skill shortages by enabling organizations to train and incorporate the skills they need.
# 2 Improve productivity
Hiring apprentices can improve productivity, thus enabling the company to run more effectively. This is possible because learning can be done in the workplace with minimum disruption and maximum impact.
# 3 Fresh perspectives
Apprenticeships are a great way to attract millennials who are enthusiastic, talented, and full of innovative ideas. They will bring a fresh perspective and ideas to any tasks they perform.
# 4 Long-term benefits
Apprenticeships help develop a pipeline of skilled workers which a manufacturing company may need for the future. By making a long-term investment in an individual, the company also gets the opportunity to train them with a specific skill set as per their business needs, which in turn could help drive future success.
# 5 Unlock new potential
Introducing young, enthusiastic apprentices into the company may encourage a culture of learning. Other employees may feel motivated to upskill. Apprenticeships will also open up opportunities for the young, creating an inclination towards having an exciting and rewarding career in manufacturing.
# 6 High retention rates
Successful apprentices usually become loyal employees who stay with the company, rising through the ranks over time. They act as ambassadors for the company, creating goodwill for the business.
Today, there is an abundance of tech-savvy millennials waiting to use their energy, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas. The manufacturing industry needs to tap into their skills early by investing in good apprenticeship programs to ensure growth, win new business, and stay competitive.