Modern Machine Shop

JAN 2018

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SHOP TALK MMS JANUARY 2018 46 Industry News With concern growing about a lack of skilled workers to fill open manufacturing jobs in the coming years, some companies are looking specifically to women to fill the gaps. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, women account for 47 percent of total employment, but just 27 percent of manufacturing employment. "Women are overlooking these jobs, and these jobs are overlooking women," says Debby Coombs, director of industry part- nerships at Partners for a Competitive Workforce (PCW), a Cincinnati, Ohio-based organization that works to fulfill local workforce needs in indus- tries including advanced manufacturing. To address this issue, PCW recently partnered with GE Aviation to host a Women Leaders in Manufacturing Summit event for high school girls, which was attended by more than 130 students from 20 area high schools. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions during a panel discussion with GE Aviation employees and participate in smaller, round-table conversations with female employees of GE. Presentations and demonstrations of additive manufac- turing and robotics gave the students a look at the technology with which they could be working. Alicia Hammersmith, general manager of materials value stream at GE Aviation's supply chain division, also gave a keynote address about her experience as a woman in manufacturing over the course of her 25-year career. BY JULIA HIDER ASSISTANT EDITOR High school students participated in round-table discussions with women in manufacturing as a part of a Women Leaders in Manufac- turing Summit hosted by Partners for a Competitive Workforce and GE Aviation. An Effort to Connect High School Girls with Women in Manufacturing

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