National Skills Certification Project. Regional Employer Roundtable. Human Capital: Manufacturing and Logistics’ Biggest Challenge.
Regional Employer Roundtable
“While low-skill (-25%) and mid-skill (-18%) jobs declined over last 20 years: “Employment in high-skill manufacturing occupations has risen 37%, an increase of roughly 1.2 million jobs. High skill jobs were the only source of job growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector during this period.” - Federal Reserve Bank of New York
80% of manufacturers list ‘finding qualified workers’ as their top concern – NAM employer survey
Manufacturing had the largest gap between job openings and new hires in 2009-2010 – showing the challenge of finding skilled applicants.
(Wall Street Journal, US Dept of Labor)
The 2010 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card compares the state of Indiana’s AML industries with those of surrounding states:
Human Capital is our lowest grade; Productivity follows Human Capital.
Recently, the Indiana Chamber surveyed 218 Hoosier employers for its Ready Indiana initiative
134 Indiana employers from the following industry categories:
Number of Employees
What is your minimum educational requirement for entry-level employment?
Less than 10% of respondents require more than a high school diploma.
Which of the following indicators of work readiness for entry-level employment does your company consider valuable and accurate?
Certifications not routinely utilized by respondents as a hiring indicator.
Somewhat/Definitely a Problem: 68%
…as an outdated approach creates issues.
What percentage of your employees would benefit from targeted training for their job?
53% say half or most of their employees need additional training
But employers show less confidence in industry certifications…
Of the 56% of respondents who prefer some certification for certain jobs within their organizations, the AWS, MSSC, APICS and SME are most familiar.
Certified Worker Performance:
How important would it be to you that certifications were part of a consistent national system with industry-recognized standards?
Please rank the importance to your company of other skills/topics that could be covered as part of a national skills certification system:
Total Quality Management
In the next 12-24 months, do you believe the workforce in your organization will:
Expand – 57%