The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) conducted a recent survey that reported that one of biggest challenges facing manufacturers is the dwindling supply of skilled workers, cited by approximately 40 percent of those polled. The finding was corroborated by a Manpower Inc. survey on the 10 most difficult jobs to fill. The poll found engineers, machinists, and skilled trade workers are the most challenging positions to fill in 2008.
One resolution to the shortages, and to attract the next generation of workers, is the traditional concept of apprenticeship and internship. Their value has never been so significant; young people are exposed to challenging opportunities in manufacturing and employers can recruit, evaluate, and hire needed employees.
Some employers encourage apprenticeships to encourage prospective employees and young people to enter the field. Others issue signing bonuses and incentives to skilled workers trained in apprenticeship programs.
Source: Control Engineering