While the U.S. manufacturing industry now supports more than 17.6 million jobs, women represent only 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce.
This can change.
With more than 2 million jobs are expected to go unfilled in the next decade, the talent gap will present an abundance of opportunities for young women deciding on a fulfilling and lucrative career path.
Our school systems are influential. In fact, 29 percent of women in 2017 think the system encourages female students to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry. This is a dramatic increase, up from just 12% who believed this in 2015.
We have found the Women in Manufacturing Association (WMA) can be a strong support for female employees, as it is currently the only national trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. If your company is looking to hire more women in your industry, joining the new #MFGwomen is a great way to engage with the growing community of female talent.
Each year, the WiM Summit (presented by WMA), attracts hundreds of manufacturing professionals from around the U.S. The September 9-11 Summit in Denver, CO will feature plant tours, education seminars, roundtable discussions, breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and networking events.
Other efforts, such as the recent STEP Forward networking event in Austin, are connecting manufacturing leaders and help them develop strategies for acquiring and advancing female talent.
Taylor Evans is the Founder and President of Rust Belt Recruiting. Taylor focuses on company vision, client success and business development. Before beginning his pursuit as a small business owner, Taylor forged a career in sales and economic development between Cleveland, OH and Austin, TX. Born out of the desire to change lives and revive the region through its workforce, Rust Belt Recruiting serves as a bridge between great workplaces and smart, skilled tradespeople in the manufacturing and construction industries. Through this business, Taylor has found the perfect intersection of his passions: economic and social impact, workforce development and community revitalization. Connect with Taylor on LinkedIn!