The United States manufacturing and energy sectors employ more than 16
million U.S. workers directly and creates millions more jobs in related
industries. But U.S. manufacturers are struggling with the problem of
the "skills gap"-employers looking to hire, but unable to find
qualified, skilled workers. Adding to the problem, three million
employees are expected to retire in the next decade.
A National Press Club (NPC) Newsmaker, a news conference that is
open to all credentialed press, members of the National Press Club
and their guests, and all National Tooling and Machining
Association (NTMA) and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
members who are in Washington, DC for the One Voice legislative
-- Jody Fledderman, Chairman, Precision Metalforming Association
-- Ted Toth, Chairman, National Tooling and Machining
-- Steve Nowlan, American Jobs for American Heroes
-- Mark Volk, President, Lackawanna College
Zenger Room, National Press Club
May 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM
NTMA and PMA report that 74% of recently surveyed members currently have
skilled job openings. In addition, 90% of survey respondents are having
severe or moderate challenges recruiting qualified employees. With many
technology programs at secondary and post-secondary schools having
closed in recent years, there are not enough young people gaining the
skills needed to fill these essential roles.
Lackawanna College President Mark Volk has developed a Natural Gas
Technology Associate's Degree program in cooperation with the natural
gas industry that is designed to prepare students for a career in the
operations segment of the industry, a flourishing source of regional job
growth. The program's placement rate is over 95%.
The Newsmaker panelists will explore various aspects of the skills gap
problem as well as potential solutions from increasing educational
opportunities to recruiting military veterans and members of the U.S.
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