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Over the past two years, there has been a steady increase in the number of manufacturing jobs created in the United States. Whether it has been created from the nationwide “Buy Local” movement, the onshoring mentality, or President Barack Obama’s initiative to create manufacturing institutes across the country, the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs is on the rise. These jobs, however, aren’t your mom’s and dad’s manufacturing jobs, and many of them are left unfilled. Read more


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“The battle for great people is just getting started.” That was the declaration Jim Ryan, CEO of Grainger, the industrial supplies distributor, made yesterday at an intimate media roundtable held at the 2014 Grainger Show in Orlando.

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Manufacturers helped the nation pull through the Great Recession, and the sector is experiencing what some participants at FABTECH 2013 are calling a renaissance. A panel of manufacturing professionals discussed the state of the industry Monday during FABTECH, North America’s largest conference on metal manufacturing and technology. Read more


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Employers should focus on finding workers with the right kinds of cognitive skills instead of placing a heavy emphasis on recruiting talent with a list of secondary degrees, suggests Michael Smith, COO of Innovate+Educate, a nonprofit industry-led organization. He reflected on his organization’s efforts to help close the skills gap last week at the inaugural Close It Summit in Washington.
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Post-secondary education helps keep the nation competitive in the global marketplace, but a panel of experts who spoke at The Close It Summit this week agreed that better collaboration is needed between schools and businesses to produce talent with the right job skills.
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Corporate leaders, human resource strategists and policy experts will join the inaugural Close It Summit today in Washington to discuss training strategies designed to prepare the nation’s workforce with the skills needed to drive businesses ahead of the global competition.
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Although workers face a demanding labor market and jobs that require advanced skill sets, a new study shows that Americans fall below the global average when it comes to basic skills, including literacy and math.
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