Attracting Talent To The Manufacturing Industry
Guaranteeing that manufacturing has plenty of up-and-coming employees of the future is still one of the biggest challenges the industry faces today. With the skills gap in manufacturing still suffering from the after-effects of the pandemic, there can be no let-up in the pursuit of attracting talent to the manufacturing industry.
At European Springs Ireland, we’re incredibly passionate about inspiring future generations and encouraging young people into STEM careers. This drive has led us to build a fantastic apprenticeship program to provide young people with the skills and experience to propel them into fruitful careers.
So, today we’re exploring this by looking into ways businesses in the manufacturing sector can continue to attract some of the best manufacturing talent from around the country.
Hold Online Workshops and Presentations Aimed at Young People
Putting on manufacturing-related workshops that could pull in some of the top manufacturing students from around the country offers your business the perfect opportunity to begin attracting the younger generation. Events like these offer an excellent platform to showcase your company’s expertise and show young people hoping to enter the industry that you are passionate and serious about helping young people learn their trade.
There’s no doubt that by holding an hour-long seminar or two-hour workshop online, you will increase your stock as a manufacturing business while engaging the next generation of engineers. You can rest assured that the next time you come to recruit for entry-level positions, you will receive many applications from those who attended your seminar.
We can’t overstate the importance of having a good relationship between yourself and the next generation of workers. It’s essential to attract the very best talent that is available, so taking the time to engage with them in such a tough time will go a long way to helping solidify this relationship.
Hold an Open Day
If you’re looking to employ young people within your manufacturing business, but are struggling to find the right candidates, then we recommend holding an open day.
To maximise the chances of finding your ideal candidate, it could be worth getting in touch with universities within close proximity of your premises and letting them know you’ll be holding a guided tour of your facilities. Of course, it’s worth mentioning that the end goal of this day is to have some of the attendees apply for a role within the business if they have a relevant skillset.
Alternatively, you could hold an online ‘open day’ for those who cannot physically attend. This could comprise one of your staff members using a mobile phone to stream a guided tour of your facility while giving some insight into the roles available within your company.
This may be seen as a bit of an ‘out there’ idea, but it would certainly break the mould and appeal to younger people. Giving potential candidates a chance to see your manufacturing processes and gain insights into how they may be working will entice and excite any young person looking to gain employment in the sector.
Leveraging Technology and Innovation
As a leading spring manufacturer, we understand that leveraging technology and innovation can significantly help manufacturers attract young people to their business. Manufacturers can enhance efficiency and productivity by adopting advanced technologies such as automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence and create a high-tech work environment. Younger generations are often drawn to industries that embrace cutting-edge technologies and offer efficient processes, so integrating new technology provides ample opportunities for young people to delve in and be inspired.
In addition, working in an industry that embraces technology and innovation can help young people stay relevant in a rapidly evolving job market. Manufacturing companies that employ eco-friendly technologies and promote sustainability initiatives attract young talent who are passionate about environmental issues. By highlighting these aspects, manufacturers can create an appealing and forward-thinking environment that resonates with young people, making the manufacturing industry more attractive to the younger generation as they seek growth opportunities and contribute to a greener future.
Here at European Springs & Pressings Ireland, we take great pride in being forward-thinking spring manufacturers. That’s why we continually invest in our staff and equipment to guarantee that we are always at the forefront of our industry. We understand just how important it is to give our young engineers the best possible start to their careers, and we hope that many other businesses in the industry continue to support their growth for the betterment of the sector as a whole.
If you’re interested in our apprenticeships, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and a member of our team will be more than happy to guide you in the right direction. Alternatively, please stay updated with industry news about the future of manufacturing apprenticeships so you can stay informed about current affairs and put yourself in the best possible position for a great start to your career.