The Future Factory: The Impact On Workers – Part 2

Last week we defined the generations of manufacturing and discussed the industry’s digital transformation. This week, we examine Generation Three of manufacturing (Intelligent Systems, AI) and its future impact on the manufacturing workforce.

Manufacturers are already battling against growing talent shortages, as they struggle to find people with the right blend of technical and soft skills to fill open job vacancies. As we enter the third generation of manufacturing (AI and Intelligent Systems), these challenges are only set to worsen – unless action is taken now.

The Impact on Workers: How People Can Catch the Shift

In 2020, we expect Generation Three to become mainstream as technology becomes more widely available and machines become more intelligent – catalyzing a new generation of roles where management is necessary for these highly connected technologies. Navigating this rapid change will be far easier if employers, educators, and policymakers collaborate on strategies to prepare both the current and future workforce for this continuous change. No one can predict the future, but with the right skills and a culture of learnability, we can be better prepared.

It’s clear that manufacturers need new ways of upskilling employees at speed and scale in order to develop the talent they need to remain competitive. What’s more, as machines become more intelligent and connected, manufacturers will be challenged to find the right blend of people and technology for their operations.

A New Approach to Upskilling

To upskills tomorrow’s manufacturing talent at speed and scale, we need a new approach to training.

In the Supply Chain sector, we can see a similar shift in the disruption and digitization of this industry – new roles are being created faster than employers can upskill their current talent.

To help develop local talent for roles employers cannot fill, Manpower partnered with Red Deer College and the Government of Alberta to launch a first-of-its-kind program in 2019, CareerMOVES, a program to upskill unemployed Albertan’s for in-demand, highly specialized roles in the Supply Chain Industry. This accelerated learning is delivered to participants through an innovative combination of classroom learning, hands on training and soft skills coaching. This 14-week program leads into a 4-week internship with one Alberta’s leading Supply Chain employers and trains participants upon emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain, and Data Analytics.

With the technological challenges the manufacturing industry is currently facing, now is more critical than ever to build the talent necessary for the future generation of manufacturing: Generation 3.

Check in next week for our segment on Baby Boomer retirement and the oncoming skills gap.

For more insight into ManpowerGroup’s: The Future Factory, read the full report here.

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