GME is Changing the Perception of the Manufacturing Industry

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GME addresses talent pipeline issues by working to create a new image for manufacturing jobs.

Surveys and reports over the last few years point to a common concern for the manufacturing industry - an interest for a career in manufacturing is steadily decreasing. The Georgia Manufacturing Expo (GME) believes the lack of interest is directly related to the perception of manufacturing, and the organization is taking steps to change that image.

With influential partnerships with K-12 schools, technical schools, and trade organizations, GME is combatting the talent pipeline issue by fostering relationships to access young talent. A survey conducted at a Barrow County, Georgia high school found that only 8% of students would consider a career in the manufacturing industry. The survey revealed that schools are encouraging it, but other studies show that the same encouragement is not largely received from parents and families.

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