What is in this article?:
- Report: Fears of Near-Term Skills Gap Are Exaggerated
- Perception Gap Explained
“Our research finds little evidence of a meaningful and persistent skills gap in most parts of the U.S., including in its most important manufacturing zones,” BCG states in the report.
The manufacturing skills gap is not a serious problem short-term and won’t prevent a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing over the next few years, according to a report released today by Boston Consulting Group.
The report, titled “The U.S. Skills Gap: Could It Threaten a Manufacturing Renaissance,” states that the skill shortages that manufacturers face are a result of supply-demand imbalances in specific jobs and locales.
Moreover, only seven states report “significant” or “severe” gaps, and six of those states are in the bottom quartile of U.S. manufacturing output, according to the report, which expands on research BCG released last October.
“Our research finds little evidence of a meaningful and persistent skills gap in most parts of the U.S., including in its most important manufacturing zones,” BCG states in the report. “The real problem is that companies have become too passive in recruiting and developing skilled workers at a time when the U.S. education system has moved away from a focus on manufacturing skills in order to put greater emphasis on other capabilities.”