While fewer U.S. employers are having difficulty finding workers with the right skills than in 2012, companies worldwide are having the most difficulty finding talent for jobs since the start of the recession, according to a new survey by Manpower Group. The research results reveal the top 10 most difficult jobs to fill, with skilled trades positions topping the list in the U.S. and on a global level.
ThomasNet, publisher of IMT Career Journal, on April 1 launched the ThomasNet North American Manufacturing Scholarship program to actively help the manufacturing sector close the STEM skills gap, providing up to 30 scholarships of $1,000 each to high-achieving students pursue their dreams in engineering, skilled trades, and supply chain management/business operations. Students have until July 1 to apply.
In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama outlined several key initiatives that will help the nation create new jobs and expand manufacturing. The president called for bipartisan support to form a network of new manufacturing hubs and revealed education reforms that will equip students with the skills they need to fill jobs. Read more
A comprehensive immigration reform policy that provides improved access to visas for high-skilled workers could provide a pathway to citizenship for many immigrants. These skilled employees have the potential to boost American manufacturing companies and help bridge the talent gap. President Obama and various industry groups support such reforms, but they may be facing an uphill battle. Read more
This week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced a newly formed immigration coalition that aims to improve STEM education and drive industry competitiveness in the U.S. Coalition members, who represent education groups, businesses and national associations, are leveraging the new group as a opportunity for immigrants to fill the high-skilled labor gap, a detriment to manufacturing growth. Read more