1,100+ high school students from 59 South Carolina school districts attended 2015 Career Fair — more expected in 2016
Access to a highly skilled and educated workforce is the most critical element for innovation success. Increasingly, companies report they cannot find individuals with the skills required for today’s advanced manufacturing workplaces. These skill shortages pervade all stages of manufacturing— from engineering to skilled production. Because of this “skills gap,” a critical demand has emerged: High school students (and their parents) must be convinced that manufacturing careers are a viable choice for graduates. Only 35 percent of parents say they would encourage their children to pursue careers in manufacturing, despite the advanced skills and high pay that are characteristic of work in today’s advanced manufacturing industry. This is due to a perception of manufacturing that existed a generation ago but does not represent the current reality of the industry.
This Career Fair, an anchor piece to the SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo, will demonstrate to high school students from across the state that a career in manufacturing can be fun and financially rewarding, an idea that the Dream. It. Do. It. campaign started years ago.
The Career Fair will be held on Thursday, April 21st at the TD Convention Center. The Career Fair, presented by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), and sponsored by Greenville Technical College and ECPI University, is a collaboration of educational institutions and several South Carolina government agencies.
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