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Vision 2025 tackles the future of workforce preparedness

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VP Content/Brand Strategy, PMMI Media Group
More than 140 packaging and processing professionals from operations and engineering, including CPGs, contract packagers and OEMs, discussed challenges and solutions to the workforce issue at PACK EXPO International 2018.

Some of the major challenges include:

  • Community colleges and technical schools need to provide adequate training for a more versatile maintenance and operations skill set.
  • The best ways to foster workforce engagement to improve uptime reliability.
  • Balancing the increasing use of robotics to offset labor shortages.
  • Lack of availability of skilled talent at all levels, especially where automation is involved.
  • Resistance to change among workforce.
  • Uncertainty regarding skill requirements for the future.
  • Dedicating training time – taking people off the production floor to train.
  • Finding, and affording, high-quality labor.

Solutions being considered or implemented:

  • Substantially upgrading technical training.
  • Connecting with teachers/professors in local community colleges to make them aware of our needs and help us connect with their students.
  • Actively participating in and sponsoring First Robotics program and other events involving students to recruit them as interns.
  • Inviting students to let them see what a career in manufacturing could be like for them.
  • Partnering with charter schools and other educational institutions to feed internship programs.
  • Looking at the traditional European model of apprenticeships as a model.
  • Expanding mentorship program.
  • Making training videos in-house (YouTube) where seasoned veterans demonstrate proper techniques, procedures, etc. in production operations.
  • Documenting the ROI of technical training more effectively to show that it clearly works.
  • Using OEM produced videos to help operators with training and troubleshooting of equipment.

Learn more about key manufacturing challenges that were discussed during Vision 2025, and download the entire 20-page report for FREE here.

Learn more about PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2019 here.

 

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