Working in a new generation: Youth job creation and employer engagement in urban manufacturing.

Urban areas in the United States and Western Europe face a labor market paradox.
Local governments are struggling to develop solutions to high youth unemployment, while at
the same time urban manufacturing companies are struggling to fill vacancies and face
increasing skills shortages as a result of their aging workforce (Leitch, 2006; Kalafsky, 2007;
Bryson et al., 2008). Since the 2008 financial crisis, manufacturing has become an important
element of urban policy as industrialized nations emphasize the contribution manufacturing
makes to economic growth. The steady decline in manufacturing employment since the late
1960s has meant that manufacturing is less visible in urban centers, and that new entrants into
the labor market are often less likely to consider manufacturing jobs to be a source of economic

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PHILADELPHIA - A couple of years ago, Kevin Joyner’s life was a maelstrom of poor grades, school fights and a troubled home environment in a distressed neighborhood.

Today, the 20-year-old is back in school as a computer support apprentice, and his days are a whirlwind of a different sort —  setting up laptops for students and teachers, replacing faulty hardware and fixing classroom projectors.

Even more impressive is that the high school graduate is near the top of his cohort of paid apprentices and on track to earn a starting salary of $35,000 to $50,000 as a computer technician when he completes the program in two years.

“I don’t learn from books,” says lanky, soft-spoken Joyner, who sports ear piercings and tattooed arms. “I have to see it. I like learning and doing at the same time.”

Joyner and the Philadelphia school district program that employs him are part of a revival of sorts for apprenticeships, which were prevalent in trades such as construction and manufacturing before a dropoff that began in the 1980s was amplified by the 2007 to 2009 recession. Blame factory automation, the offshoring of U.S. manufacturing jobs and the decline of unions, which spearheaded many apprenticeships.

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Whether or not you're at community college, you should be exploring your options to transfer to a university. Students who are always searching out better opportunities for themselves, will eventually find those opportunities and seize them when the time is right. The students who want to transfer to university will work harder to get into their dream university and achieve more than students who don't care about their future. But, first it's up to you to decide what you want to do with your future.

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Some of the top universities have a low "retention rate" which means that many students don't return after a year of attending college. To fill these open spots, college accept transfer students who they think would be a good fit for the college, specifically for that year.

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A recent report called “The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond” projects that, “Over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.”

This skilled workforce shortage problem is not new.

The urgency of the problem was described as far back as 1990 by the National Center on Education and the Economy, with its report, The American Workforce - America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages.

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Donate today to the Manufacturing Careers Inc Scholarship Fund. Every year, Manufacturing Careers Inc. will offer $1,000 scholarship to students attending a Community College or Technical School and taking manufacturing related courses.

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