Workforce Development for the American Manufacturing Sector
In many ways, the domestic manufacturing sector is on the rise. More than ever, customers are seeking out American-made quality and sustainability. Rising to this demand, factories across the nation continue to expand their capabilities with new, often automated production technologies. And of course, standing behind all of the high-tech machines of production are dedicated American workers striving to carry on a tradition of superior craftsmanship.
However, despite all of that, it’s no secret that many manufacturing industries have struggled to fill positions and maintain full worker capacity. A major factor in that discrepancy is the lack of proper workforce development for future employees – both on the part of manufacturers and the industry as a whole.
Snowline’s Commitment to the Future of Domestic Manufacturing
Snowline Engineering is dedicated to developing the workforce for the future of manufacturing. Our company has been actively engaged with the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA) for the past five years. This collaboration has been instrumental in developing a four-year apprenticeship program with SVMA. For more information on the apprenticeship program, please visit https://www.sacvalleymfg.org/.
Snowline also participates with high schools throughout the region by offering summer internships to local students who express interest in manufacturing. The future of manufacturing lies with the youth of today, and Snowline is committed to providing opportunities for career development for today’s high school and college graduates.
What Goes into Proper Workforce Development for Manufacturing?
Starting Early with Skills Training and Education – The rapid advancement of modern manufacturing technology and processes demands workers who possess both a broad skill set and highly specialized training with the tools of the trade. For the former, workforce development programs must begin early, before or at the high school level, and continue on through college to ultimately provide the next generation of manufacturing professionals with all of the skills they’ll need.
Synchronizing the Classroom with Real-World Skills – Close collaboration between manufacturing companies and educational institutions is crucial. Early collaboration ensures that the education and training programs offered are both relevant to the market and up-to-date on technology, bridging the gap between classroom learning and the factory floor.
Changing Perceptions on Careers in Manufacturing – Throughout recent decades, there has been a misguided general perception that manufacturing jobs are predominantly low-skilled, physically exhausting, and relatively low-paying. That couldn’t be further from the truth in the domestic manufacturing sector of today, with an abundance of well-paying, highly-skilled positions available, requiring workers who can operate some of the most advanced technological tools on the market.
Through diverse workforce development programs, efforts can be made to change this perception on a societal level, highlighting the industry’s technological advancements, competitive salaries, career growth opportunities, and the positive impact on local economies – all of which will help attract new talent.
Much More than a Job – Snowline Offers an Opportunity to Build Your Career
For jobseekers looking to start a career with an innovative American manufacturing company that offers proper workforce development programs, Snowline may have just the open career opportunity you’ve been looking for.