Aging Workforce Has Employers Looking for Next Generation of Skills

“In skilled trades like construction and manufacturing, the next generation of skilled workers has yet to come forward.”- Aaron Selbig, Interlochen Public Radio

PMPA member North Easton Machine hosting local students for MFG Day 2014.

PMPA member North Easton Machine hosting local students for MFG Day 2014.

Here are just a few takeaways from the public radio story:

  • Businesses in Northern Michigan say there are plenty of well-paying jobs open in the skilled trades.
  • “The economy has turned around, there’s a lot of building going on and there’s more work than workers.”
  • “The manufacturing community…its here and ready for some new, younger workers.”
  • “The manufacturing Institute says the average age of manufacturing workers is 56- while there are more than 600,000 open jobs across the country.”
  • “Young people who are interested in the trades tend to gravitate toward high-tech jobs.”

Skilled labor seems to have gotten a bad rap, according to Aaron Sue Miller, advisor for Michigan Works.  But the fact remains that jobs in the skilled trades are available across the country and that they offer interesting work and great pay and benefits and opportunities to grow a career.

Just think- Who will be the boss when the baby boomers are gone?

Where are the younger workers? Who will be the boss when the baby boomers retire?

Where are the younger workers? Who will be the boss when the baby boomers retire?

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