MFG Skills Gap & Veterans

Preparing military veterans for manufacturing jobs is an amazing way to give back. Are we preparing them for the MFG skills gap? One school is.

mfg skills gapWhen military veterans return home, they will face a series of challenges. Among the most important of these items to tend to – finding a career once their time in the military is over.

To coordinate with the MFG industry needing to fill a skills gap, Workshops for Warriors is stepping in. They aim to help with this important issue and support veterans at the same time.

Some of you may remember when we visited Workshops for Warriors (WFW) last summer. We also got to interview WFW Founder & CEO Hernán Luis y Prado.

Hernán served in the Navy for 15 years, so this topic hits close to home for him. His message has always been clear – that veterans are the perfect group of people to learn how to use manufacturing equipment to fill these jobs.

Check out a student testimonial from Workshops for Warriors 

One big concern with the manufacturing industry is the skills/training gap. While much of the problem in manufacturing is attributed to lack of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) learning resources for students, there is another looming problem.

With technology changing so fast, we have to be sure the skills we are teaching these veterans do not become obsolete in a short period of time. Technology waits for no one.

“What sets Workshops for Warriors apart from any other Veteran educational organization in the nation are the Nationally-recognized portable and stackable credentials our graduates have the opportunity to earn,” Hernán told Shop Floor Automations.

workshops for warriors“These credentials are our graduates’ passport to financial freedom, anywhere in the world, for life.” When Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members attend the programs of WFW, they are earning credentials from many organizations.

Significantly, they can gain credentials from other organizations. These include:

  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
  • CNC Software Inc. (MasterCam)
  • SolidWorks
  • Immerse2Learn
  • the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3)
  • the American Welding Society (AWS).

Once these veterans have jobs, there are other potential issues. If they are being trained on the latest equipment, what if they are stuck on an old machine which has no immediate plans to be replaced?

This is where a manufacturing integrator like Shop Floor Automations comes in. We can help find solutions for controls of any make and model, for manufacturers of any size.

If you are a veteran, or civilian, experiencing productivity problems on your shop floor, please contact us. Call (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form so we can get back to you.