Many sectors have embraced digital transformation in the workplace, welcoming in advanced technology, new tools, and greater efficiency. In the design and manufacturing industry, digital transformation has led to the creation of new jobs and opportunities. The problem is that the existing workforce isn’t equipped with the skills necessary for these emerging roles.
Right now, the manufacturing industry faces a major skills gap—one that will only widen in the next decade as the workforce struggles to keep up with further technological advances. According to the Manufacturing Institute, the manufacturing skills gap in the U.S. could result in 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030. But where do we find the much-needed manufacturing workers to keep us running? Naturally, the answer lies with those about to enter the workforce: our students.