The U.S. manufacturing industry flourished in the first half of the 20th century, promoting leaner production and new technologies. In the early 2000's, however, the manufacturing industry began to experience what is now being called a “skills gap.” The decline of apprenticeship and training programs across the nation has widened the gap between experienced and novice manufacturing engineers.
In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Oct. 2, 2015, #ImAnEngineer took a closer look at the skills gap, it's social, economic and even political implications, and the role everyone - from employers, to educational institutions, to government organizations - can play in helping to close the gap once and for all.
The full report can be accessed above.
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