Godlan recently announced its "Apprentice" program as an opportunity to invite young talent into the manufacturing space. This program was announced around the time an article was published entitled, "Can paid Internships Help to Bridge the Gap in Manufacturing?". In the article, Megy Karydes, discusses the problem of youth unemployment and why many had not considered manufacturing an option.
How did we get here? Manufacturing has been an industry that has endured through economic downturns, emerging markets, new technologies, and stricter guidelines.
Is it possible that the manufacturing industry has fallen victim to the talent trap? Many industries fail to recruit and nurture talent. While there is not an overall labor shortage in the U.S., there is in manufacturing. Now, the industry is faced with the need to have skilled workers to replace a retiring workforce, or to be the muscle behind expanding production.
The job ad reads, "Experienced Shop Floor Technician", or "Experienced Machinist", and the opportunity to become experienced has not been provided. There are good paying jobs left unfilled because of a lack of cultivation.
The Karydes article also points to some initiatives being taken by the Alcoa Foundation that provides opportunity for manufacturers and workers to connect by providing paid internships. This initiative will help in solving the problem of youth unemployment, as well as, manufacturers need for skilled laborers.
Godlan's Apprentice program has been designed to provide training in the areas of Manufacturing Principles, Programming, Infor SyteLine ERP & complimentary modules, and other key areas within the manufacturing spectrum. This approach also addresses the problem of youth unemployment while providing on-the-job training to the next generation of manufacturing industry talent.