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Overcoming the Manufacturing Skills Gap by Keeping Skilled Workers on the Job

Overcoming the Manufacturing Skills Gap by Keeping Skilled Workers on the Job


Mankato, MN -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/12/2014 -- Louise Dickmeyer, of People Driven Performance (PDP Solutions), reported manufacturing jobs have grown by 4.8 percent from 2010 to 2014 on the company blog. Dickmeyer commented, “That is the extent of the good news because the manufacturing skills gap is dire and has real consequences. Ask an operations manager, plant manager, or shift supervisor unable to hire new workers as needed. The solution, short-term, is keeping skilled workers on the job as long as possible.”

The median age of the manufacturing workforce rose from 40.5 years in 2000 to 46.1 years in 2013; the average age of a high-skilled worker is 57 according to the U.S. Department of Labor (which defines this group as workers with technical training and industry certification, or an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a manufacturing-related field).

Dickmeyer noted, “The ability to keep these seasoned, skilled, knowledge-filled, experienced workers on the job, while acquiring and training the next generation of skilled workers is essential; it can only happen if the communication from management encourages, supports, and inspires these older manufacturing professionals to continued engagement in lieu of retirement.”

To read the entire blog, go to: http://pdpsolutions.com/content/overcoming-manufacturing-skills-gap-keeping-skilled-workers-job-instead-retiring

About People Driven Performance
People Driven Performance (PDP) Solutions is a software development company providing an internal, innovative, and interactive communications system for manufacturing plant floor employees. Patented combination of software and touch-sensitive employee information kiosks bring vital and important information to the plant floor in a non-desk employee environment. PDP proves that Employee Engagement results in quantifiable productivity improvement.

The impacts of improved internal communications, via interactive design, delivers an employee-centric engagement system driving improved employee retention, best-practice lean productivity, and increased bottom-line profitability.

Unlike desktop solutions promising better engagement, The PDP solution (http://www.pdpsolutions.com) is uniquely suited to on-the-move plant floor production employees ensuring a simple and straightforward way to access key company metrics and other information. The result is full participation and understanding of the functions, status, and standing of the company. Employee communication ensures a personal responsibility for well-being of management and colleagues with whom they work each day.

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