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A decades long shift toward the four-year college track and away from education in skilled manufacturing trades has led to a serious deficit in human resources for a new generation of manufacturing companies that are trying to fill jobs. A recent article posted at The Hill online concerning this skills gap reports,

“Retirements and new growth mean 3.5 million new manufacturing jobs will need to be filled by 2025, said Carolyn Lee, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers. If present trends hold, as many as 2 million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled.”

Manufacturing industry leaders are recognizing this trend and pulling together to form organizations that will generate awareness of a new wealth of opportunity in manufacturing for individuals preparing to enter the workforce. Educational and training opportunities are being made available to prepare a new generation for careers that promise to offer security and competitive salaries in light of the talent shortage.

Nolte Manufacturing is proud to actively support the development of the next generation of U.S. manufacturing. We work with area trade schools, Butler Tech and Great Oaks to provide support through on-the-job training and classroom skills-based training. Some of the supporting organizations we partner with for resources include:

Manufacturing for Future Generations

PMPA-MFG Manufacturing for Future Generations – PMPA sponsored training resources

National Tooling and Machining Association

National Tooling and Machining Association – Helping member of the U.S. precision custom manufacturing industry achieve profitable growth and business success in a global economy through advocacy, advice, education, networking, information, programs and services.

education foundation

PMPA (Precision Machined Products Association) Foundation – Promotes and funds education, training and career opportunities in the Precision Machining Industry.


SkillsUSA – a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

Manufacturing jobs of today mean blending traditional skilled craftsmanship with 21st century technology. Developing this new crop of talent means economic security, not only for them, but for the nation’s economy. Nolte is committed to focusing on building quality, manufacturing, and management skills to further improve swiss capabilities and quality systems.

Preparing for the future as an industry is just part of the solution in navigating this skills gap. Individually, businesses need to consider the impact the skills gap will have on their own operation and their supply chain. Download our free Guide to Navigating the Skills Gap to learn more about the implications of the skills gap, how it will unfold, and what can be done to prepare, not only as an industry, but as an individual business.