Exploring the gender gap
The "Women in Manufacturing Study" was commissioned by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, and APICS to understand why manufacturing isn’t attracting, retaining, and advancing its fair share of talented women. It is based on the survey responses of more than 600 women professionals predominately across the manufacturing industry, gaining their perspectives on how companies can effectively recruit, retain, and advance talented women.
Why it's important
Manufacturing faces an estimated 2 million worker shortfall over the next decade, and manufacturing executives who responded to a recent skills gap study reported that six out of 10 positions are currently unfilled because of the skills gap. With women representing less than a third of the manufacturing workforce, it’s clear that manufacturers are missing out on a critical talent pool, which could aid remarkably in closing the skills gap. Closing the skills gap includes closing the gender gap.
The LEAD Toolkit
To increase awareness and create ambassadors for manufacturing careers for women, APICS and The Manufacturing Institute have released LEAD: Becoming an Impactful Voice to the Next Generation of Talent.
The LEAD toolkit outlines ways for women who are currently in manufacturing to become ambassadors for their industry and ways for companies and organizations to get involved and increase awareness about supply chain careers. It also provides information for educators to encourage young girls to explore the professional possibilities offered in this field.
STEP Ahead Awards
APICS partners with The Manufacturing Institute in its “STEP Ahead: Women in Manufacturing” initiative. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women in manufacturing who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite. “STEP Ahead” inspires next-generation female leaders to pursue a career in manufacturing and showcases the amazing opportunities the manufacturing industry can offer.
View the 2015 Step Ahead Awards results.