Work in manufacturing? You know there’s a major skill gap, one that’s only going to get worse. In fact, by 2030, there will be an estimated 2.1 million jobs that are unfilled in the industry. Just a few years ago the sector was making gains in terms of employment. Unfortunately, those have been erased by the pandemic. It has left companies scrambling for workers and searching for new ways to do business.
What Role Does DEI Play in the Light Industrial Industry?
Why DEI Makes Sense in Manufacturing
While automation and technology certainly play a role in helping to fill the gap, companies still need people, whether to operate and program equipment or manage and lead a team. Building a workforce that is based on a more diverse talent people, therefore, makes sense. This will improve your access to candidates, help you hire faster, and prevent future skill gaps on your workforce.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is certainly gaining ground in manufacturing. In fact, companies are taking the following National Association of Manufacturers’ Pledge for Action in the industry:
“By 2025, manufacturers commit to taking 50,000 tangible actions to increase equity and parity for underrepresented communities, creating 300,000 pathways to job opportunities for Black people and all people of color. In doing so, manufacturing will reflect the diversity of the overall U.S. workforce by 2030.”
While this is what’s ahead, what can you do to embrace DEI – now, today – and find and hire the talented, diverse workforce that can boost your business? There are so many ways, including:
- Developing specific goals and outcomes that are practical and tangible, then measuring progress meeting them
- Creating and offering opportunities and career pathways at every level of your company
- Working to develop a healthy and inclusive culture where everyone has a voice and a seat at the table
- Being curious, asking for feedback, and listening to others for insight and different perspectives
- Holding company leadership accountable for DEI initiatives
Need Help Hiring for a Diverse Workforce?
Let the team at Future Force source, screen and recruit the people you need. We’re a leading staffing agency serving Orlando and can connect you with top candidates for your light industrial roles. Contact us today to get started.