BLUE SPRINGS, MS—Juniors and seniors at New Albany and Union County schools in Mississippi will soon have a unique opportunity to learn and earn. In collaboration with local partners, Toyota is launching its 4T Academy in Mississippi. The hands-on training program is designed to place students directly into Toyota production jobs right out of high school.
Every industrial revolution has eliminated old jobs and created new ones. In many cases, manufacturers weren’t aware that these new jobs were even necessary. To succeed in this age of Industry 4.0, manufacturers will need to do more than just develop a workforce capable of dealing with upcoming technologies, they will need to foster a workplace culture of problem-solving and continuous improvement.
ZURICH—A global survey conducted by ABB has revealed that a significant workforce education gap could derail efforts by U.S. and European manufacturers to reshore or near-shore operations to build resilience in the face of global challenges.
In my June column, I described the magnitude of the skilled workforce problem and some efforts by industry and associations to overcome the problem. This month, I will talk about what federal and state governments are doing to help, and I’ll offer one simple, no-cost, government action that must be implemented immediately.
Training the next generation of manufacturing workers is essential to the success of U.S. manufacturing and the economy. A recent McKinsey study found that restoring growth and competitiveness in 16 key manufacturing industries could boost annual U.S. GDP by more than 15 percent.
WASHINGTON, DC—Ahead of its 125th anniversary and the 2020 elections, the National Association of Manufacturers recenty announced a member-driven campaign to raise at least $10 million for the newly established “Creators Wanted Fund” to inspire and drive 600,000 Americans to pursue careers in modern manufacturing within the next six years.
The fourth industrial revolution has begun and with it, comes changes to the way manufacturing work is done. New technology, such as collaborative robots, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and machine learning, aims to make manufacturing safer, more efficient and faster than ever before.