Old news: There is a shortage of skilled workers, and the under employment and unemployment rates remain high.
New News: There is a whole day organized to provide a cohesive face of the manufacturing industry, to guide students down a career path that is lucrative, engaging, and growing.
We’re talking, of course, about Manufacturing Day, which will be held the first Friday in October. Manufacturing Day is “a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.” What sets Manufacturing Day apart from other industry advocacy events is its narrow scope and broad reach— there are a lot of great STEM events that cover many fields, and there are a lot of local manufacturing events for specific schools and areas. MFG Day, on the other hand, is a nationwide event that includes professionals, students, parents, and educators to learn more about the manufacturing industry specifically.
Its a day that addresses misconceptions about manufacturing, to openly discuss and show what the industry is, and what it is not. It is a huge opportunity for both those just entering the job market, and those who have been in the industry for decades.
Why MFG Day is important for students and those new to the job market:
MFG Day is the ultimate learning and networking opportunity. The people who are behind MFG Day, and who make it possible, are passionate about their work, and they want to share it with you. It is a unique and invaluable experience that does not happen often. You can make connections with lots of different people in the industry, ask honest questions about what the industry is really like, and get a sense for what kinds of skills you need for the industry— and how to acquire those skills.
If are able to go to an event, great! There is map with local events on the MFG Day website. If you don’t have the time or availability, thats ok too! There are tons of webinars, virtual tours, and online opportunities as well. There are also a myriad of scholarship opportunities that are available through MFG Day. They are designed for students of all ages and from all areas, so be sure to check out what opportunities might be available for you.
Why MFG Day is important for manufacturing professionals
This is an important opportunity to take the public image and the future of manufacturing into your own hands. Through this event, we can make the future for manufacturing, our nation, and our youth stronger and brighter. There are a lot of ways you can get involved. Its not to late to sign up to host an event, your event can be of any size or shape and can deliver whatever message you think is important. MFG Day sponsors will provide you with the necessary materials and tools to make your event a success. If you are unable to host an event or plant tour, there are other smaller ways to get involved, including spreading the MFG Day flyer around your town to spread the word; or by adding a “MFG Day” logo or banner to your company’s website and social media platforms.