It is projected that by 2030 there will be over 2 million unfulfilled manufacturing jobs due to a lack of skilled labor, according to a study by the Manufacturing Institute. As baby boomers retire, there are not enough workers to replace them. There is also a lack of specialized skilled workers as the manufacturing industry becomes more technologically advanced. And with a push toward higher education, vocational training in the trades has been de-emphasized.
Larsen recently hosted in-school youths to introduce them to manufacturing and inspire possible career choices. With a total of 60 students from Mundelein High School, Jim LaCroix spent the day educating and motivating interest in manufacturing opportunities.
During the visit, students toured the warehouse facility, learned about a variety of job aspects, and discussed internship options, as well as job placement. This not only allows Larsen to give back to the community but also creates pathways for future generations to experience the manufacturing sector firsthand. The goal is to empower today’s youth to explore a variety of professions, encounter real-world situations, and encourage them to pursue modern manufacturing careers. Investing in the future skillset is key to addressing the sector’s workforce needs and long-term success.