By allowing robots to take over these menial tasks, we can empower human workers to tackle bigger and more important tasks that are not only more valuable, but of higher quality, and therefore, offer better pay.

These kinds of prospects will attract the kind of talent manufacturers are looking for, thus presenting one way to fill the gap.

2. Access to Training

Manufacturers need to empower the people they have on staff right now. Today’s collaborative robots are not incredibly difficult to program or work with. The training to understand them is relatively simple in the grand scheme of things.
If we can offer training to current workers that allows them to take on robotic tasks, this can also fill the gap by leveraging the latent talent we currently have in our workforce.

3. Changes in Education

Finally, we need to go back to the roots of the problem. The robotic industry needs trained people to maintain robots, design them, build them, and improve upon them. This kind of training can be taught in our schools and colleges.

If we offer more access to robotics education, then people can become more excited about robots earlier in their lives. There isn’t enough out there to get people on board, so we need to change that. Robots are indeed the future, but until we start addressing them at a younger age, there won’t be enough trained individuals.

How do you work to fill the skills gap in your manufacturing plant? Let us know what strategies you employ in the comments!

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