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The Manufacturing Skills Gap Continues to Grow

According to a recent report by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), United States college and universities are not educating nearly enough students to fill the skills – and employment – gap to sustain the future of the manufacturing industry. In fact, they estimate that from 2009 – 2012, the height of the economic crisis […]

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Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Hitting US Companies Hard

For companies across the country, the skills gap is hitting employers – especially manufacturers – hard. This week, Plastics News took an in-depth look at the issues caused by the skills gap in the town of Sarepta, Louisiana. While the geographical location might not be anywhere near Rhode Island, the town’s description is quite similar […]

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The US Manufacturing Showed More Gains in October

According to the Institute for Supply Management, the factory index increased to 59 in October, “matching August as the highest month since March 2011.” Bloomberg News reports that “the pickup signals U.S. factories are withstanding slower global markets as improving balance sheets give households and companies the wherewithal to spend. A stronger job market and […]

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Manufacturers Are Having Difficulties Filling Positions In Skilled Trades

This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and was reprinted in SouthCoast Today. — MILWAUKEE — When Aleasha Hladilek realized her bachelor’s degree in anthropology wouldn’t get her a job, she returned to school to become an auto mechanic and a welder. She graduated from the welding program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, in […]

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Women In The Manufacturing Workforce

Chandra Brown, the deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing for the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently made the keynote speech at the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Summit and made a strong case for getting women into the manufacturing workforce. During the speech, Brown said that Fortune 500 companies with women on their board of directors are “more […]

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The Return of Middle America

According to analysis by USA Today, about 2.5million “blue collar” jobs are expected to be added to the United States economy by 2017, accounting for 40% of all job growth. And while that’s certainly good news for the economy as a whole, it does present an interesting set of problems for employers and employees alike.  […]

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New England Institution of Technology Receives Its Second $2.5 Million TAACCCT Grant

Funding to be Used to Train Unemployed Rhode Islanders New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) announced it has been awarded its second $2.5 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the programs currently being offered to unemployed Rhode Island residents through the college’s […]

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From Dim Prospects to a Bright Future

How Justin Palavra’s life was changed by intervention, education, opportunity – and a Computer Numeric Control machine. “Unforgiving” is how Justin Palavra describes the CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine he operates at work. Just a few years ago, it’s a word that might have applied to the path he was following – a path that […]

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Combating The Manufacturing Skills Gap

ToolingU, a division of SME, recently released the results of a survey titled Using Competency Models to Drive Competitiveness and Combat the Manufacturing Skills Gap. Once compiled, the survey results gave way to a plethora of useful information on how to possibly breath new life into the manufacturing industry. These results included statistics on what […]

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Finding Shipbuilding Talent Is The Hardest Part Of The Job

According to The Virginian Pilot, the most difficult part of breaking into the shipbuilding industry isn’t finding a job – it’s being qualified for the job. Below, read an excerpt from the article, and then click here to read more! Carole Bowen is a 67-year-old great-grandmother — and a first-rate welder with nearly 40 years […]

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