National Association of Manufacturers president John Engler is issuing a call for renewed investment in homegrown talent in public appearances this week on the West Coast.
"The challenge of the 21st century is in maintaining an adaptive, innovative workforce that can lead the charge toward further opportunities," Engler said. "This requires a greater commitment to our 'innovation pipeline' – education, research, and investment.
"Manufacturers across the country are facing labor shortages despite the availability of good, high-paying manufacturing jobs. These jobs are going unfilled due to a lack of employees with the qualifications needed in modern manufacturing. If the
Engler's call to action coincides with Congressional activities this week on education and innovation, including the America Competes Act (S. 761), and the 10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Science and Math Scholarship Act (H.R. 362). Both bills are important first steps toward improving math and science education and would help boost interest in science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM).
"Congress' consideration of legislation that would help invigorate STEM education during a time of fierce global competition is very important," said Engler. "The
Engler's call to action include panel discussions at Milken Institute's Global Conference entitled "Shaping the Future" in Los Angeles on April 25 and the Council on Foundations' Annual Conference in Seattle on April 29.
The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Headquartered in