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Rockwell Automation addresses global skills shortage
Manufacturers and industrial operators around the world are contending with a growing skills shortage resulting from an evolving workforce and the influx of new technologies. These issues are forcing business leaders to reconsider their approach to machinery and facility design, training, technology and safety.
To address these challenges, Rockwell Automation has outlined a five-step approach to help organisations better prepare their operations and empower their workers.
The five steps for addressing workforce availability include:
“Workforce availability is a long-term challenge that is largely the result of major industry shifts occurring simultaneously,” said Blake Moret, senior vice president, Control Products and Solutions, Rockwell Automation. “Aging workers with deep process understanding are leaving the workforce and being replaced by a new generation of workers. At the same time, new technology is enabling industry to equip their existing workforce with new skills, as facilities and plants become more connected. Manufacturers should look at their workforce development needs as an opportunity to differentiate, not as a cost to be avoided.”
These shifts threaten manufacturing success and economic growth around the world. In the U.S. alone, 78 percent of manufacturing executives surveyed believe the skills gap will impact their ability to implement new technologies and increase productivity, according to a report from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute
Because the availability of skilled workers is shrinking globally, methods such as offshoring and workforce relocation become less effective. The problem must be dealt with by taking a holistic approach to machinery and facility design, training, technology and safety.
A white paper outlining the five-step approach is available on the Rockwell Automation online newsroom.
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