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  • The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and APICS Release New Study on Women in Manufacturing

    2015 Women in Manufacturing Study Exploring the Gender Gap Released

    Washington, DC, March 26, 2015:  Today, The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and the APICS Supply Chain Council released the “2015 Women in Manufacturing Study – Exploring the gender gap.” The joint study surveyed more than 600 women professionals in the manufacturing industry to gain insight on how companies can effectively recruit, retain and advance talented women.

    This study confirms the importance of increasing the amount of women in the manufacturing workforce and that manufacturers are missing a critical talent pool, which could aid in closing the skills gap. Some key highlights from the study include: 

    • More than two-thirds of women indicate they would stay in manufacturing if they were to start their career today;
    • The most important employment characteristics for women are opportunities for challenging and interesting assignments, attractive pay, and work-life balance; and
    • Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of respondents believe women are underrepresented within organizations’ leadership teams.

    Many women respondents do not think their companies have active recruitment programs to attract potential female employees, and they believe that standards of performance are not equal for men and women, with 77 percent responding the standards are higher for women. 

    “Our research estimates that the cumulative manufacturing skills gap — or the positions that likely won’t be filled due to a lack of skilled workers — will grow to two million between 2015 and 2025,” said Craig Giffi, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and U.S. automotive practice leader.   “The industry is missing out on a critical talent resource to advance innovation in manufacturing, increase America’s competitiveness in the global manufacturing landscape and close that skills gap.” Antoinette (Tonie) Leatherberry, co-author of the research and principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, adds “Recruiting and retaining women in manufacturing is just smart business. Organizations that make recruitment, retention and advancement of women a strategic priority stand to gain greater access to this impressive talent pool, which in turn will give their company a competitive advantage.”
    While there has been a positive change in the industry’s attitude toward women employees, women still make up only about a quarter of the U.S. manufacturing workforce, while they make up approximately half of the total U.S. labor force . To improve this, The Manufacturing Institute is promoting the role of women in manufacturing through mentoring, recognition, research, and leadership with the STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead initiative.

    “Recruiting and retaining women in manufacturing can contribute significantly to a company’s competitiveness,” said Blake Moret, chair of The Manufacturing Institute and senior vice president, Control Products and Solutions, Rockwell Automation. “Success hinges on having a highly skilled production workforce that supports the advanced technologies essential to modern manufacturing competitiveness. Diverse teams that draw from all available talent make better decisions, and provide a competitive edge.”
    “This study is an important step in understanding how we as an industry can make supply chain careers more attractive to women,” said Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE, APICS chief executive officer. “At APICS, we are dedicated to workforce development initiatives that address the supply chain talent gap. Ensuring more women join the manufacturing workforce and find a path to success is a key part of the solution.  We are proud that STEP Ahead honorees include several APICS members.”

     “Through STEP Ahead, hundreds of women from all levels of manufacturing have been recognized for excellence and leadership in their careers. By telling the real stories of these women, girls will be inspired to familiarize themselves with the industry through our mentorship program and eventually become the next manufacturing leaders,” Institute President Jennifer McNelly said.

    For more information, please visit: www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/Research/Other-Institute-Reports/Other-Institute-Reports.aspx.


    About The Manufacturing Institute
    The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org..

    About Deloitte’s Process & Industrial Products Practice
    Deloitte's process and industrial products practice serves over 80 percent of all Fortune 1000 process and industrial products companies, which include market category leaders in chemicals, metals, industrial goods and paper products. For more information about Deloitte’s process and industrial products sector, please visit http://www.deloitte.com/us/pip or follow us @DeloitteMFG.

    As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/aboutfor a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

    About APICS Supply Chain Council
    APICS SCC advances supply chain and operations management and innovation through research, publications, education and talent development. APICS SCC maintains the Supply Chain Reference model (SCOR®), the supply chain management community’s most widely accepted framework for evaluation and comparing supply chain activities and performance.  APICS SCC is part of APICS, the premier professional association focused on supply chain and operations management. For more information, visit apics.org/apicsscc.


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