The Manufacturing Skills Gap
Manufacturing will always be this nation’s economic backbone. But as global competition increases and baby boomers begin to retire in record numbers, it becomes increasingly important to attract a new generation of skilled manufacturing workers. Despite layoffs during the last recession, manufacturers were still having trouble finding employees with the right mix of skills in certain job functions to meet the demands of modern manufacturing.
Dream It. Do It.® was created in 2005 by The Manufacturing Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers not-for-profit education and policy arm, to introduce young people to manufacturing’s broad range of interesting and financially rewarding careers. Dream It. Do It. was designed as a national strategy to promote strong, regional, pro-manufacturing partnerships among industry, educational, economic development and civic leaders, and develop a clear understanding of today’s manufacturing and its contributions to innovation, productivity, economic growth and high-quality careers.
Bringing a National Initiative to Connecticut
Connecticut. Dream It Do It. was launched in December 2010 by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) to address the common issues and goals of the state’s manufacturing sector and help support the future manufacturing workforce pipeline. Through their efforts, Connecticut. Dream It Do It. hopes to increase the number of students choosing to pursue educational and career pathways in manufacturing and the number of prepared applicants for manufacturing jobs through the attainment of industry-endorsed skills credentials.