Manufacturing Leaders Take on Talent Challenges

On Monday, August 21, in a meeting organized by work2future and hosted by Jabil, 20 business leaders in Silicon Valley’s diverse advanced manufacturing services sector convened to determine priorities for collective action to overcome key challenges to capitalizing fully on growth opportunities in the sector. They represented more than a dozen companies: regional firms such as Bestronics, BriteLab and Vander-Bend, and global powerhouses like Celestica, Cobham and Jabil. The business leaders agreed to champion two overarching priorities for action: 1) attract more people into careers in manufacturing services, and 2) prepare more people with the basic skills needed to enter and advance in two career pathways critical to manufacturing services industry growth, an assemblers pathway and a technicians pathway. They will refine “desired outcomes and first actions” in the next weeks, and then will reconvene in early October to agree on how to move immediately to action. More than two dozen representatives of workforce and economic development partners, including community colleges, SJSU and organizations like NextFlex and The Silicon Valley Organization, observed the discussion and will help support actions developed by the business leaders.

Manufacturing Leaders Take on Talent Challenges