There is no reason that the vast majority of new manufacturing jobs have gone to men, but they have.
We need to turn this trend around. We need their talent too.
Why has womens’ representation in manufacturing dropped for two decades?
PMPA Vice President Darlene Miller testified before the Senate Joint Economic Committee last week on the topic of Women in Manufacturing. As a shop owner, STEP Women in Manufacturing honoree, and member of the President’s Job Council, Darlene has some real world insight into the issue.
Here are her 4 Steps to Encourage Women in Manufacturing Careers
1) It is absolutely essential that businesses engage with local community colleges to assure relevant skills sets are being taught;
2) Equipment needs to be current, not old and outdated. We have high tech $400,000-$500,000 equipment per machine.
3) We really need really excellent math and problem solving skills; we need to tell the Schools what those are.
4) We need to get into middle schools to engage female students at a younger age to potential careers.
Watch the testimony: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN3JQkE3gng?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent]
Read the report: Women in Manufacturing PDF