|More than 80 percent of manufacturers report that talent shortages will impact their ability to meet customer demand. CTE plays a vital role in helping American businesses close the skills gap by building a competitive workforce for the 21st century.[i]|
As the economy slowly rebounds, talent shortages have bloomed. This is particularly the case in certain geographic locations and industries, such as manufacturing. Manufacturing is projected to continue to be the largest industry in the United States through 2020, but as the manufacturing workforce retires, analysts predict there will not be enough new employees to keep up with output. The above data point is one of many that illustrates the needs of the manufacturing workforce.
When providing this statistic to business leaders, policymakers and the media, provide more specific information about your state or region’s manufacturing workforce and how CTE programs are helping students discover and receive training in manufacturing.
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