APICS Helps Tackle Skill and Gender Gap in Manufacturing Industry

APICS and the Manufacturing Institute look to increase awareness and
appeal of manufacturing jobs for the next generation of talent

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management,
is committed to raising awareness of supply chain career paths for the
next generation. Manufacturing has become a less popular career path in
recent years, particularly for women. In fact, women make up about 47
percent of the United States workforce, but only 27 percent of the
manufacturing workforce. 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.

“There is a talent gap in the manufacturing industry that is inherently
linked to the vast gender gap in the field. In order to bring about real
change, the industry as a whole must be collectively responsible for
addressing these issues,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE.
“A single company, person or association cannot solve this problem
alone. The LEAD toolkit offers a path for everyone, from the individual
to the corporation, to do their part in correcting course to include
more women in the industry. Together we can empower the next generation
of manufacturing talent.”

The LEAD toolkit is part of APICS’s ongoing efforts to encourage and
celebrate women in supply chain. In 2015, APICS partnered with Deloitte
and the Manufacturing Institute to study what works and what doesn’t in
attracting women to jobs in manufacturing. The results are available on


APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain
management and the leading provider of research, education and
certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation
and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management
(CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), APICS
Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD), and
APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P)
designations set the industry standard. With over 45,000 members and
more than 300 channel partners, APICS is transforming the way people do
business, drive growth and reach global customers. For more information,
visit apics.org.


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