National Press Club

NPC Newsmakers aim to examine the manufacturing skills gap on May 6 at 2 p.m.

April 29, 2014 | By Frank Maisano |

The National Press Club Newsmakers Committee plans to examine how a shortage of skilled workers and needed education is affecting the economic recovery.

The Newsmakers press conference is planned for Tuesday, May 6 at 2 p.m. in the NPC's Zenger Room. Like all NPC Newsmaker events, it is open to credentialed media and Press Club members, free of charge and no advance registration is required.

U.S. manufacturing employs more than 11 million workers directly and creates almost 7 million additional jobs in related industries. Still, there are roughly 600,000 skilled-manufacturing jobs that are currently unfilled and 2.7 million manufacturing employees are expected to retire in the next decade. Because many manufacturing technology programs at secondary and post-secondary schools have closed in recent years there are not enough skilled people to fill these essential roles.

Speaking at the event is expected to be Lackawanna College President Mark Volk, whose Pennslyvania school has added a skills-building curriculum; Jody Fledderman, chief executive officer of Batesvville Tool & Die in Batesville, Indiana, and Ted Toth, chief executive officer of Rosenberger-Togh in Pennsauken, New Jersey, who will discuss their own training initiatives; and Steve Nowlan, executive director of American Jobs for American Heroes, which focuses on connecting manufacturers with members of the military.