APICS Supply Chain Council


2015 Women in Manufacturing Study 

Exploring the gender gap

The women in manufacturing study was commissioned by The Manufacturing Institute, APICS SCC, and Deloitte to understand why manufacturing isn’t attracting, retaining, and advancing its fair share of talented women. It is based on the survey responses of over 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 responding to a recent skills gap study report six out of 10 positions are currently unfilled due to the skills gap. With women representing less than a third of the manufacturing workforce, it’s clear 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.

Minding the Manufacturing Gender Gap

This new report Minding the Manufacturing Gender Gap: How manufacturers can get their fair share of talented women, is a compilation of survey findings from more than 600 women across manufacturing roles. It provides insight into best practices for attracting, retaining and advancing women in manufacturing careers
Learn more about APICS SCC’s women in manufacturing initiatives. 

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