Thinking ForwardThe scarcity of skilled workers is one of the most significant industry challenges facing manufacturers today. Reports indicate a need for 3.5 million new employees in the next decade, and manufacturers are worried they will not be able to find qualified individuals to fill those jobs.

AEM President Dennis Slater recently appeared as a guest on “Matter of Fact – with Soledad O’Brien” to discuss how manufacturers can overcome the stigma surrounding factory work and how companies are reaching out into local communities to address that stereotype and train the workforce of tomorrow. 

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