Manufacturing—Industry Exec’s Lay the Topic Out on the Table at the CSCMP Chicago Roundtable

A little training goes a long way to address the next-gen skill-sets necessary for mass production


Additionally, the unemployment rate declined 2.2 percent to 9.9 percent in 2012 for Gulf War-era II veterans (those who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001), per Current Population Survey (CPS) data, reported the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in April. The jobless rate for all veterans fell by 1.3 percentage points to 7.0 percent, the report also cited.

“An opportunity that manufacturers have right now that they never really had before is No. 1, the unemployment rate and No. 2, the huge number of veterans,” said Greenberg. “You take any manufacturing company, there probably is not a single job in that company that one veteran or another couldn’t do—obviously given training. And if there is the need to train a veteran, there is all kind of funding available to provide them the training they need to fulfill those jobs. You’ve just got to find the person with the ability. And this is something that we’re getting into a great deal.”

He further explained how Caliper previously worked with an ex-colonel and former tank driver to assess his ability and evaluate if he had the competency to fill a manufacturing or factory foreman position.

“One of the things that we say to our clients is that ‘you have to start with succession planning,”’ continued Greenberg. “We absolutely can tell you if someone would be appropriate to work on an assembly line. But the other point would be, how long would it take for that person to not be willing to work on that assembly line anymore? So as you look at succession planning, would that employee working on that assembly line be somebody who could move up five years from now to be a foreman, and possibly run the plant?”

What’s next?

While supply chain education and talent is a key factor for numerous supply chain executives to address to see this manufacturing resurgence through, it is but one of many. Stay tuned for more insights from last month’s CSCMP Chicago Roundtable 30th annual Spring seminar. Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s May Special Edition, which addresses all angles of the manufacturing topic, will go live on www.sdcexec.com May 14th.

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