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How Workforce Upskilling Will Ignite a New Era for Manufacturing

Automation is changing the nature of work in the manufacturing industry, but companies that focus on workforce upskilling can help close the skills gap.

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The talent shortage in the manufacturing industry has CEOs around the world concerned and rightly so: Digital transformation is changing the nature of work at an accelerated pace.

Workers need to adapt more quickly than in the past and continue to do so throughout their careers. Traditional workforce upskilling and reskilling methods are evolving as well, driven by new educational delivery systems, intelligent technologies, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The advent of online technologies such as assistive learning allows course designers to incorporate education directly into user experiences. Educational institutions, including a revitalized community-college system, are also stepping up to offer both on-site and online continuing education to help fill skills gaps.

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