Weekly Roundup: Changing Demographics in the Manufacturing Workforce; More Veterans, More Millennials, More Women, and More Symbiosis

Each week, we select a handful of great reads covering advanced manufacturing and the people that make it possible.  Build a diverse manufacturing workforce with this weeks tips and tricks.

Millennial Manufacturing 101: How to Attract Younger Workers

Earning a living to afford rent and maybe even a few slices of avocado toast seems pretty cool. However, millennials were raised to think that the only successful options after high school required a 4-year college degree and a desk job. Non-college careers were given a negative stigma. These days, the manufacturing industry is full of opportunities for both high school and college graduates. But, they are struggling to attract talent. The only question is: how to make manufacturing look cool to the next generation of workers?

Read more on the Financial Times

Human-Technology Symbiosis and the “F” Factor

Digitization within manufacturing has the power to not just change, but also greatly benefit the modern workforce. This article describes the ways that humans and machines should work together as we move further into manufacturing’s digital transformation. Lessons learned from studying chess competitions between humans and computers teach us that average humans with the right technology can beat supercomputers and Grandmasters. The key factor? A new equation for Intelligence Amplification focused on reducing the “f” factor or technology friction.

Read more on Forbes

Debbie Manzano: Plant Manager at Ford’s Giant Rouge Plant

Debbie Manzano, one of four female plant managers within Ford’s 28 North American plants, chats with the New York Times about her career. From graduating with a statistics degree out of college to her role as the leader of a “little city” with 2.6 million square feet and 4,300 employees, she shares her experience working as one of the few women in her field. The NY Times highlights the fact that as manufacturers are struggling to replace retiring baby boomers, they are realizing that they need to recruit more women. Women currently make up less than 30% of the manufacturing workforce, to their companies.

Read more on NYTimes

The Last Man Standing: 4 of 5 Top Defense CEOs are Women

Tom Kennedy, the chairman and CEO of Raytheon, is the only leader of a top five U.S. defense business who isn’t on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list. The defense and aerospace industry is no longer dominated by men. In fact, women now account for nearly 19% of the CEOs in aerospace and defense compared with just 5% across all companies. Fortune outlines the many talented women running America’s “military machine” in their piece.

Read more on Fortune

Military Experience Lends itself to High-Paying Civilian Manufacturing Jobs

At Cluster, we know veterans and manufacturing fit well together. Veterans possess invaluable hard earned skills that make them some of the most sought after prospective employees by top manufacturing companies such as Boeing, Raytheon, and Space. Check out our article for a “how to” on transitioning military experience to high-paying civilian careers.

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