T’S THE 21ST CENTURY CONUN-
drum: The manufacturing industry is
resurging, but talent remains in deficit.
As many as 600,000 manufacturing
jobs remain unfilled, reports Deloitte
and The Manufacturing Institute. Indeed,
70 percent of manufacturers report a
moderate to severe talent shortage.
A human resource remains untapped:
women.
While women represent nearly half
(46.6 percent) of the total US labor force,
they only comprise a quarter (24.8 per-
cent) of the durable goods manufactur-
ing workforce.
Manufacturers still struggle to attract
female candidates, despite efforts to
open more career opportunities and initi-
ate talent-development programs.
Why? In 2012, Deloitte and The Manu-
facturing Institute set out to find the
answer. To understand why manufactur-
ing isn’t attracting and advancing tal-
ented women, the entities surveyed more
than 600 women across functional
manufacturing roles and levels, to gain
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WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING
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WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING
The manufacturing sector – ever in need of new talent – can
attract and retain a valuable human resource: talented
women. Further, it can advance women up the career
elevator – much to the sector’s advantage. A recent survey
conducted by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute
suggests how.
By Craig Giffi & Jennifer McNelly
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