Manufacturing Jobs Skills Gap
Charlotte, NC- There are lots of manufacturing jobs in Charlotte but not enough skilled workers to fill them. Hal Sirkin from of the Boston Consulting Group crunched the numbers. He says Charlotte is one of 5 major US manufacturing centers with what Sirkin calls a severe skills gap. He says, "In the short term, companies can increase overtime a bit, which is how a lot of companies have been addressing this.. But of course that can only go on so long."
Right now, the average age of workers currently in those "highly skilled" jobs is 56, so many will retire soon. Sirkin says smart companies are starting apprenticeships. "Others are saying, you know I don't have the budget to do it so in the recession we saw a lot of training programs being cut."
Central Piedmont Community College's Richard Zollinger says that's what encouraged the school to start its manufacturing training program. He says, “Manufacturing is coming back in big ways, but its at a very high level of technical skills." He points out, CPCC is teaching students the technical skills they'll need to fill the available jobs.
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