We have always been a nation of makers who invent, design, build. But America has a problem approaching; there is a distinctive gap between the number of manufacturing workers set to retire in the next ten to fifteen years and the number of youth joining the industry.
National Manufacturing Day, Ohio’s Manufacturing Month, and Erie & Huron Counties’ FutureMaker Showcase are designed to take on this challenge and expand knowledge about and improve public perception of industry careers and their value to the economy.
Despite innovative advancements and considerable opportunity, manufacturing still battles with outdated perceptions of menial jobs in dirty environments. Today’s reality is a growing industry with technologically demanding positions, like machinists who use 3D software to model products, engineers who manipulate elements to create material, or technicians who automate assembly with robotics.
October 12th, the Erie County Economic Development Corporation, Huron County Development Council, EHOVE Career Center and industry partners will host the 2nd annual FutureMakers Showcase.
“The Event provides the opportunity to experience today’s manufacturing environment through hands-on learning stations designed by our business community. Evening hours will allow adults, parents, and younger students to share in the fun.” explains Carol Knapp, HCDC Executive Director. Over 1,000 students and hundreds of community members will experience the interactive event.
The impact of the day:
“When Economic Development, Business & Industry and Educational providers partner to create career exploration activities like the FutureMaker event, we truly begin to create a workforce that will support the growing industry needs and our local economy”. says Elaine Colvin, EHOVE Business Partnerships Coordinator.
“In as little as 10 years our five-county region could see 50,000 individuals retire and exit the workplace. This event is part of a proactive solution that will ensure our businesses and communities continue to be successful.” says Abbey Bemis, ECEDC Executive Director.