March 7-8, 2018Huntington Convention Center of ClevelandCleveland, OH

Free Content & Activities at ADM Cleveland 2018

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Understanding & Closing the Workforce Skills Gap


Rob Spiegel (Senior Editor, Design News (UBM))


Brittany Becker (Program Manager for Early College, Early Career Program, MAGNET)

David Dechow (Staff Engineer-Intelligent Robotics/Machine Vision, FANUC America Corp.)

Brian Fortney (Global Business Manager, Training Services, Rockwell Automation)

Matthew Hlavin (President, Thogus Products Company)

David Iyoha (Director of Software Solutions, Fortech LLC)

Josh Olgin (Director of Robotics Practice, Direct Recruiters)

Location: Room 1

Date: Wednesday, March 7

Time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Pass Type: Expo (Free) - Get your pass now!

Conference Track: Smart Manufacturing

Vault Recording: TBD

A recent Manufacturing Institute study showed that 78% of manufacturing leaders believe that the skills gap is inhibiting their ability to modernize and increase productivity driving growth. This situation is only going to get worse, at an accelerated pace, with 25% of the workforce retiring in the next decade. But it's possible to overcome this challenge, through a workforce development strategy. This panel will address the top ways that Smart Manufacturing can help with workforce development challenges including:

  • Understanding what the skills gap is
  • Increasing job attractiveness
  • Capturing tribal and skill knowledge
  • Training and assessments
  • Real time job aids

Attendees will walk away with tactics that can be adopted to drive improvement in workforce, as well as clarity on industry best practices to drive manufacturing workforce improvement.