Gallery: Training gives workers, processors a leg up

Oct. 20, 2023
Hands-on experiences, structured classroom sessions, virtual reality, easier-to-use equipment all help compensate for shortage of workers, manufacturing skills gaps.

Processors like Pyramid Molding Group in Rockford, Ill., and Stelray Plastics Inc., Ansonia, Conn., are taking advantage of training approaches both old and new to help their workers grow in their jobs.

As many manufacturing jobs go unfilled, with an aging workforce nearing retirement, processors, OEMs and training providers tout the many advantages of training — which empowers workers to ensure better, more consistent parts, while building a workforce for the future that's engaged and ready to take on new roles.

About the Author

Karen Hanna | Senior Staff Reporter

Senior Staff Reporter Karen Hanna covers injection molding, molds and tooling, processors, workforce and other topics, and writes features including In Other Words and Problem Solved for Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing, Plastics Recycling and The Journal of Blow Molding. She has more than 15 years of experience in daily and magazine journalism.