Reversing the skills gap: 100 students get look at fast-paced career opportunities in manufacturing

The Republic

10/24/2018, by Matthew Kent

Jobs in manufacturing can be fun and the work environment is fast-paced.

Those were among takeaways for about 100 students in grades 7 to 9 attending the inaugural manufacturing expo Monday, hosted by automotive supplier Faurecia Clean Mobility. It was held in conjunction with Manufacturing Day, a national effort to reverse a shortage of skilled workers.

Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be added, said Hadi Awada, president of Faurecia Clean Mobility North America. However, 2 million of those positions will go unfilled due to a skills gap, he said.

“There’s a big shortage in manufacturing employment worldwide,” Awada said.

Students from Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. and Brown County Schools had a chance to meet with major employers such as Faurecia, NTN Driveshaft, Cummins Inc., LHP Engineering Solutions and Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing. Including parents and other adults, total attendance was about 300.

The expo had a high-tech flair, with virtual reality demonstrations and interaction with the GalacTech robotics team from Columbus North and Columbus East high schools.

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