Every October, manufacturers highlight the work they do and expose thousands of Americans get the chance to consider new career opportunities the industry. This day, which became a national holiday of sorts (sorry no day off), is called Manufacturing Day.
What is National Manufacturing Day?
President Barack Obama officially declared National Manufacturing Day in 2014, citing an urgent need for “research, investment, and a workforce with high-tech skills” throughout the 21st century. Manufacturers both big and small participate in Manufacturing Day by having open houses at thousands of manufacturing plants in all 50 states. 1 The holiday will always fall on the first Friday of October, so Manufacturing Day 2017 takes place on Friday, October 6. By establishing this special day, highlights the demand for skilled labor and is a sign that the skilled trades have gained increased appreciation by society in general.
Why Manufacturing Day?
The trend for decades is telling young people the only path to career success is getting a four year degree. Manufacturing day aims to change the way people think about the industry by opening up their doors and educating them. One major goal is to address the skilled labor shortage by encouraging people to enter the industry. 2
What Happens on Manufacturing Day?
Manufacturing businesses across the US are holding open houses and hosting Manufacturing Day events, so people can learn about different industries and the new challenges and innovations that are pushing the industry forward. There are over 900 events this year. You can check with your state/city and see where the events near you are. 3
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Celebrate Manufacturing Day on October 6
As manufacturing methods become more sophisticated and efficient, American companies will need highly skilled workers to meet rising production demands and operate advanced equipment. Manufacturing Day is an annual call for young people to connect with manufacturers and help build a solid future of American production, and this year’s holiday is a great opportunity to learn about the latest advances in this promising industry.
1 – https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/02/presidential-proclamation-national-manufacturing-day-2014
2 – http://www.mfgday.com/
3 – http://www.mfgday.com/events?country=US#filter