By Alyssa Cannella- Business Development Admin.
In New England, the first chill in the air is met with excitement for pumpkin spice everything, the return of the NFL and the approaching holiday season. For manufacturers though, the first sign of fall means it’s our time to show off! It’s time for Manufacturing Day!
Manufacturing Day means we, as manufacturers, have another large scale opportunity to change some minds. We get another chance to inspire someone, big or small, and adjust their misshapen views of American manufacturing. This is our chance to add another spark to a movement that, if tended to appropriately, could start a wild fire that eventually closes the skills gap in manufacturing. It is every manufacturers chance to help fuel the future of manufacturing in America!
Imagine if with each Manufacturing Day, each manufacturer across the country was able to inspire just one person. If your event gets one child to enroll in STEM courses, or convinces one parent that manufacturing can be a path to success and stability for their child, you are making a difference. Consider the effect it can have if that one person could then inspire their children, their students, their Girl Scout Troop or their family members. Just imagine the ripple effect that could cause!
While it is the younger generations that we bait our hooks for, eager for a bite, parents play a crucial role in the movements success. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), only 37% of parents encourage their children to enter into manufacturing and only 18% view it as a top career choice. (NIST Infographic). These numbers are surprising, considering data from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) which states that in 2013, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,506 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all other industries earned $62,546. (NAM Manufacturing Facts).
Manufacturing often isn’t what it used to be. Technologically advanced facilities exist, where clean, automated and safe manufacturing happens every day. Manufacturing holds an ocean full of opportunities for anyone willing to jump in. So this year, manufacturers-cast a broad net and see what you can pull in. And parents-be the hand that guides them, not the one that holds them back.
Manufacturing matters to everyone. It is the source of every product you use, every day. Why not be a part of it?
National Manufacturing Day takes place on Friday, October 2, 2015. Find an event near you!