Workforce Needs and Talent Development Survey
• Of the production positions requiring basic/entry skills, vacancies for welders, machine operators with no computer skills, and crane operators were ranked as requiring the most time to fill.
• Of the production positions requiring intermediate/advanced skills, vacancies for controls techs, engineering techs (not degreed engineers), and toolmakers were ranked as requiring the most time and resources to fill.
• Vacancies for three engineering positions—electrical, controls, and mechanical— were ranked as requiring the most time and resources to fill.
• For both entry-level and intermediate/advanced skills manufacturing positions, informal supervisor and non-supervisor training on methods for performing a job is the most widely used internal training method, though a large majority of respondents conduct in-person classes taught by outside or internal instructors.
• Three types of external training are offered by a majority of respondents to production employees at all skill levels—a multiple course certificate program at a technical school or community college, individual courses at a technical school or community college, and a bachelor’s degree program at a college or university.
• Through their training and development programs provided to production employees, 85 percent of respondents indicated they seek to enable employees to perform their jobs more effectively and to build bench strength in preparation for near-term retirements of highly skilled employees.