Production Pulse: DEI Hiring to Overcome Labor Shortages

Feb. 22, 2024
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives are under attack in many economic segments, but labor experts say manufacturers must embrace diversity in hiring practices if they have any hopes of filling a growing number of unfilled jobs.

With labor shortages mounting, manufacturing advocates say there's a ready pool of talent available within underserved minority communities in many major U.S. cities. Discussing this topic are:

  • Erica Swinney Staley, Executive Director of Manufacturing Renaissance in Chicago, an organization that promotes career-track manufacturing jobs to young people in low-income communities.
  • Beth Dawson, Director of the Apprenticeship Program at Manufacturing Works Cleveland where she connects manufacturers with Cleveland public schools students seeking career opportunities
  • Jordan Hooser, a recent graduate of Cleveland’s Max S Hayes High School, who's working as an apprentice at WLS Stamping & Fabricating Co.
  • Ryan Joseph, an industrial recruiter and regular contributor to and a recruiting at the Recruit Group. Ryan has written several articles about some of the challenges faced in DEI hiring.

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