Skilled manufacturers exist—if only employers knew where to look

As this blog has mentioned in the past, CNC machining services offer numerous opportunities for the economy. As companies in various industries seek out custom-made parts that are not available elsewhere, a skilled CNC machinist can fill that need. 

Of course, like all other aspects of the domestic manufacturing sector, this will not be possible without skilled workers to fill the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow. Manufacturing companies have recently complained about their failure to find qualified employees, due to the fact that fewer people seem interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing. 

But could it simply be the case that they are looking in the wrong place?

According to an article in The Boston Globe, a recent survey by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth found that 70 percent of manufacturing companies have never turned to vocational schools, community colleges or other job training programs. 

"It was clear that the mass majority of these manufacturers were not intersecting with these institutions," associate professor of public policy Michael Goodman said. "If you're a vocational high school, you've got to connect with all your different employers."

This is, of course, a problem, as a number of institutions are trying their best to train workers for these kids of jobs. For example, in Buffalo, New York local and state leaders are working on a plan to convert Burgard High School into a career hub for students who are interested in advanced manufacturing. 

Both industry employers and educators need to work together to ensure that young people get the training they need to make it through the job pipeline. This is how CNC machining services will succeed.