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Two Million Vacant Manufacturing Jobs by 2025…How Can We Tackle the Skills Gap?


Averting this outcome depends upon business leaders and government policymakers to actually implement measures to reverse the present trend. Insufficient on-the-job training — Over the period from 2002 to 2013, investments in internal training programs such as apprenticeships, company classroom training, and other structured on-the-job skills development for current manufacturing employees were cut from 469,000 to 288,000 (nearly 40 percent).