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Women in Manufacturing

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.

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 around supply chain careers. It also provides information for educators to encourage young girls to explore the professional possibilities offered in this field.

Minding the Manufacturing Gender Gap

Minding the Manufacturing Gender Gap

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This 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. 

Women in Manufacturing Study

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APICS members and APICS SCC affiliates and sponsors, please login to access the report.

The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and the APICS Supply Chain Council collaborated on a joint study that surveyed more than 600 women professionals in the manufacturing industry to gain insight on how companies can effectively recruit, retain and advance talented women.