Manufacturing Institute
733 10th Street NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 637-3426

At a time of record low unemployment, the median age of a manufacturing worker has risen in recent years, but employees are also working longer than before. Against this backdrop, The Manufacturing Institute studied the upskilling strategies utilized by manufacturers targeting their aging workforces and explored best practices on how these companies have been able to successfully extend the working years of this important group. Through a survey of manufacturers and a series of interviews with industry leaders, The Manufacturing Institute distills the findings of that research process, evaluating the extent to which the manufacturing sector is aware of the aging of its workforce, the nature of the industry’s concerns surrounding this demographic shift and how manufacturing firms have adapted to this trend. This research was generously funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The skills gap and the need to attract and retain a skilled workforce continues to be the number one concern facing manufacturers in the U.S.