The luxury of 2008, eight applicants for every job opening, has morphed to oftentimes less than one applicant per opening. Whether speaking with manufacturers in Oswego-Utica-Albany, NY or Portland, Maine, the refrain is the same. This situation is a national concern. With unemployment at 4.8% and baby boomer retirement looming on the horizon, we have a significant workforce challenge to address; a scarcity of new hires available and the mature skilled ready to depart the labor pool.
Over the next decade, there is a projected need for nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs - and 2 million of those are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap. 80% of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly-skilled production positions. (Source: Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute)
Metrix Learning® can be easily integrated into the screening and hiring process. Utilize our assessments to evaluate potential job applicants. Upon passing the assessments, qualified job seekers are placed into a hands-on, short-term community college program. If remediation is necessary, Metrix Learning® online courses can help job seekers increase their knowledge base or brush up on pertinent topics.
In Eastern CT, the workforce board has organized a hiring pipeline for General Dynamics’ submarine manufacturing division Electric Boat in partnership with US DOL, CT DOL and two local community colleges. To date, 121 ‘graduates’ have been placed in manufacturing jobs, 97 of which are with Electric Boat directly. To start the process, potential candidates take four IBM Kenexa assessment tests: ruler reading, spatial reasoning, shop math, and safety. These assessments were selected by Electric Boat to screen for entry-level shop floor positions (e.g. painting, assembling, etc.) and welders. With a score 70 or higher, the job seeker is placed in an 8-10 week community college program. If there is no current a vacancy in the community college program, the job seeker is offered access to Metrix Learning®’s tailored manufacturing online courseware.