Companies need more qualified candidates to fill open positions, but why are so many people across the U.S. jobless? A recent industry roundtable highlighted how companies can share responsibility and give back to employees through training and education at a time when employer expectations are at a peak. Read more
Sequestration is now in effect. While it remains to be seen whether the budget-cutting measure leads to meaningful reductions in federal spending, defense and aerospace manufacturers say the threat of disruptions to research and development, procurement, and programs is greater than the economic impact estimates. Read more
On Feb. 20, a group of manufacturing employers, educators, and trade associations assembled for a closed-door session to discuss the skills gap in an event hosted by recruiting firm Manpower. IMT spoke with event organizers about the strategies emerging to bridge the skills gap and what manufacturers can do to secure talent. Read more
It’s no news that Hawaii gets a lot of sun. Because of it (among other reasons), the state sees most of its income come from tourism. The state’s sunny climate may boost its leadership in another category as well: rooftop solar panels.
Last year, Hawaii installed more solar power per person than any other state except Nevada, making it the ninth-largest state for solar photovoltaic systems, according to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), a nonprofit advocacy group. In 2012, Hawaii issued as many permits for new solar installations on the island of Oahu alone as it did for the entire state just a few years before.
It’s not simply about being green: increasingly, it’s about cost savings. Read more