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AWFS® Chapter Produces Video for MFG Day; Hosts Live Q&A Sessions

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®), and it’s Southern California industry-education chapter Society of Wood Manufacturing (SWM) have produced a video showcasing the various roles and processes involved in professional woodworking. The nearly six-minute video, the purpose of which is to introduce students to career pathways in the wood industry, features the team at Architectural Woodworking Company (AWC), Los Angeles. “We were happy to open our facility up for this video,” says Saúl Martín, AWC Vice President of Manufacturing. “During this pandemic, it is more important than ever to provide students with information about wood industry careers through[...]

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MFG Day 2019 is Friday, October 4

MFG Day is Friday, October 4, 2019 MFG Day ("Manufacturing Day") is a nation-wide campaign to strengthen student awareness of manufacturing career opportunities. This is your chance to open your doors, welcome students, and make a positive impact on career awareness (and your future employee pipeline)! Did you know... ...89% of students who attended MFG Day events are "more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities" ...84% are "more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding" ...64% are "more motivated to pursue careers in manufacturing" (source) How to Get Started Once you decide to host an event, publish it on the MFG Day website. Here are some additional resources to help[...]

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Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Release Updated 2018 Skills Gap Report

You may have already seen that last week the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte published the highly anticipated 2018 update to their oft-referenced Manufacturing Skills Gap study. The need is even more intense than the last report in 2015. You can download the full report and the synopsis, and see infographics here: And this article is a good summary: Some highlights from the article/report: “The (skills gap) problem is only expected to worsen. As many as 2.4 million jobs may go unfilled over the next 10 years, according to the study. That could put at risk $454 billion in manufacturing value — or 17% of forecasted[...]

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MFG Day is Less than One Month Away, Get Involved!

MFG Day 2018 is Friday, October 5. This is a national campaign to increase student awareness of the manufacturing industry and careers. In June, AWFS® hosted a webinar on “How to Host A MFG Day Event”, you can watch the webinar recording here. Over 1,100 events are registered on the MFG Day event throughout the US, including events at AWFS® member companies Dynabrade, Mastercam, Mereen-Johnson, Stiles, and Weyerhaeuser, along with numerous woodworking, cabinetmaking, and furniture manufacturing companies. If you aren’t able to host an event this year, consider attending an event, and encourage local students and teachers to attend as well. Many post-secondary and technical schools are hosting[...]

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