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Success, headwinds and digital solutions in new report on U.S. manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 1, 2019

The U.S. manufacturing industry appears back on track and is likely to surpass growth expectations for two consecutive years in a row, according to a recently released Deloitte report on the sector.

On one hand, manufacturing is firing with output humming, an increase in capacity utilization and solid performance results. On the other hand, tensions loom in the background with supply chain demand that outpaces supply, and an ever increasing shortage in skilled talent.  (Sidenote: These factors can often multiply out in California where we are struggling to keep up with the country's resurgence.) Amid the national headwinds is a move toward digital and advanced technologies that are transforming the manufacturing business model.  Digital often holds the fate of industrial manufacturing companies and will do so tremendously in the years to come, according to the report.  

The Deloitte report provides some observations and predictions for our great industry -- themes include M&A's among an influx of digital technologies, building supply network resilience in an uncertain trade world, talent recruitment and retention, and the sector's overall digital maturity.

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ICYMI: Funding for career, technical training vital to fill skills gap

Posted by Ashley Hong, Policy Intern on May 22, 2017

In case you missed it, I penned the following piece that was printed in the San Diego Union Tribune last week (May 19), highlighting the need to ensure that interested students have the opportunities they deserve to join California's exciting advanced manufacturing economy.

Funding for career, technical training vital to fill skills gap -- by Dorothy Rothrock 

Every day we hear about manufacturers embracing exciting new technologies to become more streamlined, efficient and competitive. California’s innovative companies are adopting advanced manufacturing techniques to meet our stringent new environmental sustainability goals.

California needs a skilled workforce to perform all the jobs in our increasingly complex manufacturing economy. Trained machinists, electrical and mechanical technicians are already in high demand and can command middle class and better wages without a college degree. As one of the largest industrial states in the country, we need thousands of new workers to operate robots, manage data, and program computers to support manufacturing design, production and logistical systems. ... READ MORE ON SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE





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CA's new speaker touts the power of community colleges to create opportunity and reduce skills gap

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on March 11, 2016

New California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon went on the record last week with California Forward who asked him about the state of California job training and efforts to close the skills gap.

In the video he discussed the power of the Community College's ability to address the state’s critical workforce issues.

You can watch the video here.

 





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California career tech education plummets in 2013

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 9, 2014

Last week the state released its new data on career and technical education enrollments in the state's public high schools.  While overall high school enrollment was down less than one percent in 2013, career technical education course enrollments were down almost 12 percent and CTE teachers had declined by almost 20 percent.  

California manufacturers continue to find a growing lack of skilled workers out of our high schools, our community colleges and our universities.  The state's public schools must find ways to bring back these courses and expose our students to the tremendous opportunities of manufacturing skills and careers.

 

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