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There are no jobs in manufacturingWell, this is sort of true. If you are thinking about the manufacturing jobs your grandfather or father had… those are gone. What has taken their place are robots and the Internet. The machines do what they are told and we oversee the work. So this has made manufacturing more
Show us the work, the education, and then the jobsHow we train our workforce is going to be key to how much economic benefit our county will receive. But I feel like we have that. The training won’t matter if we aren’t interested in doing the work. And if we don’t have an interest in the work, we won’t want to do the job and someone else will. To help connect people to the work, I’m wondering if we can’t have the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce coordinate specific groups do tours through Visioning a Greater Racine. This would go a long way in helping people understand what manufacturing is versus what it was. The connection to the community is important because if you have no knowledge of what possibilities exist in manufacturing, how can we help our children understand where the opportunities are in our community? This is also true for everyone who is employed and underemployed. I didn’t even realize what manufacturing was like until I started covering manufacturing for the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2014. The first time I saw a 3-D printer make a prototype for a shoe, a mold for dental implants, and an engine block… I was blown away. When you see it, you realize how important a person’s imagination has become. So if we don’t grow up hearing about mom or dad making things for a living, learn about it in school, or read stories about the manufacturing community making things, why would you think that would be a viable career path that offers stable work? I think we can do better a job with this. Whether it’s for Foxconn, SC Johnson, Modine, or Twin Disc — this is the pathway we need to be able to take advantage of these opportunities. So here’s my proposition to the manufacturing community, let the community in a little more on what you are doing. And if anyone would like to blog on this topic, I’m game for publishing it. Interested? Contact me, Denise Lockwood, at Denise@racinecountyeye.com.
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