TMA’s BeNext Program Is Encouraging the Next Generation of Illinois Manufacturers
First Published April 30, 2019
SCHAUMBURG, IL – The Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) is going digital to promote its BeNext program that encourages high school students to pursue advanced careers in high-tech manufacturing.
An expected 4.6 million new manufacturing jobs will be created over the next 10 years with an astonishing 2.4 million going unfilled because of a skilled worker shortage. Manufacturers are scrambling to find talented individuals to fill these careers. TMA has produced a video to better inform students and their parents of the alternative educational routes available to them that lead to high-paying, successful careers in high-tech manufacturing with no student loan debt as opposed to the traditional 4-year college track.
“Many people formed their perceptions of manufacturing during the 20th century and the industry has struggled to overcome that stigma,” said Patrick Osborne, TMA’s Vice President of Training & Education. “Back then, manufacturing was dirty assembly lines, hot iron pouring into castings, and sparks flying on sand floors. Today’s plants are cleaner than your kitchen and produce parts for modern industries such as aerospace, automotive, and tech. That is the message we are trying to convey to students and their parents. This video allows them to see modern manufacturing with their own eyes.”
For students, TMA’s BeNext program video shows them that they have an incomparable opportunity to enter a fulfilling career that is continuing to grow here in Illinois and across the country. For parents, the video conveys their child will exit TMA’s program with the experience and resources they need to enter a lucrative career in the industry with a post-graduation career track and no student loan debt.
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“Manufacturing will continue to become more high-tech and require industry skills such as math, CNC, and precision measuring,” TMA President Steve Rauschenberger said. “The next generation of Illinois manufacturers will continue driving this resurgence we have seen in our industry over the last decade.”
About – TMA: Founded in 1925, the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) represents and supports manufacturers in the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding counties in northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and southern Wisconsin. TMA has almost 1,000 members and represents over 32,000 employees and nearly 26M square feet of manufacturing in Illinois.