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July 22, 2015

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July 22, 2015
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Parents Don’t View Manufacturing Jobs as Ripe for Advancement
As Manufacturing Day approaches (Oct. 2, 2015), we’d all be wise to heed this message from a recent survey commissioned by the Alcoa Foundation:
  • Two-thirds of parents (of children ages 6 to 17) in the United States don’t consider manufacturing jobs ripe for advancement; and
  • 21 percent of survey respondents associate manufacturing and trade jobs with minimum-wage salaries that provide no benefits or health insurance.

An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provides additional tidbits from the survey, and offers this piece of advice:

“Manufacturing executives and schools need to better-educate parents about the wide range of opportunities for technical workers.”

That’s where Manufacturing Day comes into play. A “celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers,” Manufacturing Day is a terrific opportunity for metalformers to open their doors to the community. Invite schools, clubs and other groups to tour your plant. Change the negative perception of manufacturing and help attract the next generation of workers.

Learn more by visiting the Manufacturing Day website.

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A recent Fortune magazine article explains the factors at play, including the narrowing wage gap and the growing use of fracking to drive down the price of oil and gas. BCG estimates that U.S. manufacturers pay 30 to 50 percent less for electricity compared to manufacturers in other major export countries.

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