Throughout history we have proven that a strong manufacturing industry is essential to a country’s economy. Without the manufacturing industry, goods will have to be created and purchased overseas, weakening and minimizing our economy. Not only does manufacturing add jobs, but it has been proven that every dollar spent in manufacturing adds $1.37 to the economy and that every 100 jobs in a manufacturing facility creates an additional 250 jobs in other sectors.We see the skills gap issue with a lot of our manufacturing clients, they have money and time to train individuals, but they can’t seem to find the right people. With less and less people working in the manufacturing industry, these companies are stifled and cannot grow and increase their economic capacity. The social stigma against going to a technical school and pursuing a career in the manufacturing industry does more harm than good. The idea that people won’t make as much in the manufacturing sector as other sectors creates this social stigma we need to overcome as a society. Over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled; however due to the skills gap nearly two million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled.
Last week, Decklan Group met with two of our manufacturing clients who both said the same thing- they are willing and able to pay more than the market rate for a good employee; yet have challenges finding employees. There are a variety of programs that help manufacturers to find new employees as well as train their current ones. The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) is a program that works with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers. The types of classes can range from industry specific, to broad classes such as communication, leadership training, and conflict resolution. Through this program, manufacturing companies are exposed to the tools and resources that elevate their employee’s skills, thus increasing their capacity to work.
The Job Training Incentive Program provides funding for training provided you hire at least three employees during the duration of the training. Instructors for this program do not have to be from a certified educational institution. If you’re interested in learning how you can obtain funding to not only strengthen your existing workforce, but attract new employees through the benefit of professional development, contact us. We have secured nearly $500,000 to date, and would love to help you grow your business!