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Study: Manufacturing Demands High-Level Skills Equal to the Task

Given that globalization, technological advances, and changing business practices are dramatically transforming employment and operations across the board in manufacturing, U.S. companies, government, and educators should partner to strengthen workforce training and improve innovation and productivity to ensure manufacturers are “making value” for customers, says a new report from the National Academy of Engineering.

“Advancing skills and creating skilled jobs are the best bet to aid the workforce that has been left behind by changes in manufacturing and the broader economy,” said Nicholas Donofrio, former executive vice president of innovation and technology of IBM, and chair of the committee that conducted the study. “Access to higher education and training, including certification programs and flexible pathways to degrees, is especially important for lower-skilled workers, who are most affected by the changes.”