Happy National Manufacturing Day 2016! Each year we take the first Friday in October to celebrate manufacturing in the United States and to inspire the next generation of of manufacturers.
Yesterday we sent a few employees to speak to several groups of high school students to give them an idea of what we do here at Cadet and what it’s like to work in a modern manufacturing environment. We’re excited to represent manufacturing and help teach people that it’s a viable, exciting career for a lot of people.
Here’s a quick Q & A from the two employees who represented Cadet at the event, Frank Twardoch, Senior Director of Operations and Steve Capuano, Lean Champion:
What was your biggest takeaway from speaking to students today?
Frank : There is an active “manufacturing-based” training program for students in Vancouver. Some of the students in afternoon sessions had robotics training and an understanding and passion for manufacturing.
Steve: Whether through Workforce Southwest Washington, Partners in Careers, iTech, or our local high schools, there is a real interest in showing our next generation of workers that manufacturing offers real and viable career opportunities.
Why is it important for manufacturers like us to reach out to students to tell them about what we do?
Frank: This generation are the employees of the future. In a competitive job market, we want to make sure their perception of manufacturing is a good one.
Steve: It’s important for us to break the old stereotype of manufacturing as a dark, dirty, dangerous place that requires little thinking or skill. We need to educate the next generation that modern manufacturing is focused on a Lean, high-tech, automated, streamlined, data-driven, future that is able to compete globally. More and more manufacturing is coming back to the U.S., and without this understanding, it will become increasingly difficult to fill the vital positions needed.