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The Industry 4.0 Workforce: Needs, Issues and Solutions

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Manufacturers across the United States frequently respond that the lack of a skilled workforce is their number one issue. The increasingly fast pace of automation coupled with a lack of consistency around competencies and career pathways make it harder for education seekers to identify which programs can lead to the best jobs. Employers are challenged to find qualified employees, as today there is limited insight on reliable and recognizable skills and credentials on the part of job applicants. Educators want to ensure they are offering the competencies that manufacturers desire but suffer from limited and consistent knowledge of manufacturer needs.

Our panel of experts has worked to address these issues and will share insight on programs and activities underway to help U.S. manufacturers compete globally with a skilled and ready workforce.

Moderator: Suzy Teele

  • Suzy Teele
    Head of Marketing & Communications
    Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
  • Robin Fernkas
    Deputy Administrator of the Office of Workforce Investment
    U.S. Department of Labor
  • Scott Lucas
    Vice President of Aviation, Manufacturing, and Institutional Effectiveness
    WSU Tech
  • Lisa Masciantonio
    Chief Workforce Officer
    Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute