According to a recent study, an estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs will be unfilled by 2025, resulting in lost productivity and earnings. There’s a shortage of qualified job applicants in the space, especially for jobs that require more technical skills.
The DNA of today’s manufacturing workforce is rapidly changing, and the packaging industry must adapt quickly to meet today’s demands and tomorrow’s growth opportunities. Baby Boomers are retiring, and there’s a lack of interest amongst the younger generation in pursuing manufacturing careers. These are two of the biggest factors contributing to the prediction that nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled over the next decade. The skills gap is anticipated to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.