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Women, Manufacturing Needs Your Talents

By: Miles Free
26. November 2013

Let's turn this trend around.

There is no reason that the vast majority of new manufacturing jobs have gone to men, but they have. Why has women’s representation in manufacturing dropped for two decades?

PMPA President Darlene Miller testified before the Senate Joint Economic Committee recently on the topic of Women in Manufacturing. As a shop owner, STEP Women in Manufacturing honoree, and member of the president’s Job Council, Darlene has some real-world insight into the issue.

Here are her four steps to encourage women to seek manufacturing careers:

1.      It is absolutely essential that businesses engage with local community colleges to ensure relevant skills sets are being taught.

2.      Equipment needs to be current, not old and outdated. We have high-tech $400,000-$500,000 equipment per machine.

3.      We really need really excellent math and problem solving skills; we need to tell the schools what those are.

4.      We need to get into middle schools to engage female students at a younger age in potential careers.

 

Originally posted on PMPAspeakingofprecision.com blog.

 

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