by Cornerstone OnDemand
02 Mar 2020
Addressing the skills gap in manufacturing: final checklist
Read the previous chapters in our series on "Bridging the skills gap in manufacturing"
So how can your company best close the skills gap?
Well, you’ll need to redefine your company’s purpose in light of the world’s 21st-century challenges to ensure you’re attracting, retaining and developing the best talent possible.
“That’s our core business. That’s what we do. That’s what we’ve been doing for 20 years,” says de Lestrange.
To help get you started, here’s a 10-point checklist your company can use moving forward:
- Candidate attraction: Connect with your target candidate market with a meaningful value statement that connects with their hopes and beliefs. For example, position your company as a leader in making the world more sustainable, not as a leading producer of X.
- Recruitment: Look beyond STEM students – the right talent can be found anywhere. Understanding clients and co-workers require soft skills, which are often not best learned in an engineering school.
- Loyalty is golden: Gone are the days when younger employees stay at a company their whole career. Expand your search and consider the more loyal 55-plus demographic.
- Market jobs: Manufacturing often involves complex machinery that lends itself to short digital media videos. Use it in your job advertisement videos to pique the interest of candidates.
- Learning on ‘the job’: Make continuous learning a core part of an employee’s job. Build it into their work time.
- Make it enjoyable: Learning shouldn’t feel like a chore for your employees. Harness the power of digital media to engage and empower employees to learn.
- Collaboration: Give your employees the opportunity to work on gig projects for a few hours each week under a different department to expose them to internal opportunities.
- Fast-track talent: Discover promising talent more quickly by rewarding line managers who help you identify employees with the potential to take on more highly-skilled roles.
- Reputation: Set your company apart from your competitors by building a strong compliance culture. This will make you a more attractive employer.
- Combine compliance with learning: Reinforce a learning culture by ensuring your compliance modules act as a gateway to other learning opportunities.
To find out how Cornerstone can help you address the skills shortage in your organization and realize the potential of your people, visit our manufacturing page.