We have millions of open jobs that cannot be filled because of a skills shortage, and we know these partnerships are the most direct way to fill those jobs. We know that existing partnerships are not doing enough and cannot do enough, and they need more resources in order to truly meet the need that exists. So that is exactly what my bill would address.”
Floor Speech -- Sen. Coons
Sen. Coons came to the Senate floor to “talk about manufacturing jobs and their importance for rebuilding the American middle class, their importance for our economy, and their importance for our future.” The Senator argued that: “[O]nly if we continue to be a country where we invent things, grow things, and make things will we continue to be a leading economy where there is real opportunity for all Americans. Why? Because manufacturing jobs are high-quality jobs for not only those who work in them, who get higher wages and higher benefits, but also for the local economy, where manufacturing jobs provide more of a compounding benefit than any other sector.”
Speech -- Jay Timmons’ (President of NAM) Remarks on The State of Manufacturing
Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, delivered the annual State of Manufacturing speech, focusing on the comeback of manufacturing in America, and manufacturing’s role as “the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.”
Survey – Survey of Metalworking Manufacturers
Job training and workforce recruitment ranked as the top priority for manufacturers in a recent survey of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). In the January 2014 survey, manufacturers averaged 64 employees in 2013, up from 61 in 2012. In 2014, employers estimate they will increase their workforce by nearly 10%. However, of the 74% who report skilled job openings, 90% face severe or moderate challenges in recruiting qualified employees. The businesses typically supply components, tools, and other products and services to the agriculture, aerospace, appliance, automotive, defense, electronics, energy, medical, transportation, and other industries. More than half are working with community colleges and technical institutions and almost one in three businesses are using veterans and military organizations to recruit qualified employees. The NTMA also sponsors the National Robotics League to help attract high school students to manufacturing. The PMA is a leader of Women in Manufacturing, an effort to recruit and connect women to the industry.
Survey-- Next Generation Manufacturing Study Reveals Opportunities for U.S. Manufacturers to Excel
The American Small Manufacturers Coalition released the 2013 Next Generation Manufacturing Study. The Study measures manufacturers’ readiness, support systems and resources, as well as performances in six key strategic areas necessary for world-class manufacturing and future success. The study found that only a small percentage of manufacturers excel in all these areas, and that many manufacturers are unable to approach world-class status as a result.