Manufacturing has become a less popular career path in recent years, particularly for women. In fact, women make up about 47 percent of the United States workforce, but only 27 percent of the manufacturing workforce.
The LEAD toolkit outlines ways for women in manufacturing to become ambassadors for their industry and ways for companies and organizations to get involved and increase awareness around supply chain careers. It also provides information for educators to encourage young girls to explore the professional possibilities offered in this field.
“There is a talent gap in the manufacturing industry that is inherently linked to the vast gender gap in the field. In order to bring about real change, the industry as a whole must be collectively responsible for addressing these issues,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi. “A single company, person or association cannot solve this problem alone. The LEAD toolkit offers a path for everyone, from the individual to the corporation, to do their part in correcting course to include more women in the industry. Together we can empower the next generation of manufacturing talent.”
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