Introductions to manufacturers, an immersive-experience walkthrough and panel discussions with local leaders—the West Columbia, South Carolina, tour stop of the Creators Wanted Live mobile experience had all that and more.
Take our word for it: Manufacturers are hiring. Companies across the country are building the workforce of tomorrow and aggressively recruiting to fill millions of well-paying, highly rewarding jobs.
This week, the Creators Wanted Tour Live continued to disseminate its timely message: Manufacturing jobs are rewarding, well-paying and fun—and perhaps now more than ever, they need qualified people to fill them.
‘The future is in manufacturing’ is the message one group is trying to hammer home to young people to help recruit more people for jobs – and fight shortages during the pandemic.
The Creators Wanted workforce development exhibition is making its only South Carolina stop at the West Columbia plant. It is the brainchild of The National Association of Manufacturers and its workforce development and education partner The Manufacturing Institute.
Op-ed in the The Post and Courier
Bob Morgan, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers, writes in The Post and Courier: “South Carolina is home to some of the most innovative manufacturing companies in the world. But those companies — and our state’s entire economy — are only as strong as our people. And right now, South Carolina manufacturers need people. From small businesses to major brands, we’re hearing the same refrain: ‘Creators wanted.'”
Here are some additional excerpts:
- “[T]he Creators Wanted Tour Live is in South Carolina next week. Students, parents, teachers and community leaders will have a chance to see for themselves what a modern manufacturing career is really about — through an immersive ‘escape room’ experience, which includes a chance to test-drive augmented reality, made possible by PTC. They will also meet with local manufacturing team members from companies such as Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Trane Technologies and Honda to hear firsthand about their amazing work and incredible opportunities. It’s a chance to get plugged into the industry and find a pathway to a meaningful career.”
- “Today, about 260,000 South Carolinians work in manufacturing, and on average, they earn more than $76,500 a year in wages and benefits.”
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During its four days in Columbus, more than 350 students got to participate in Creators Wanted Tour Live, from Canal Winchester High School, Horizons Science Academy, Mechanicsburg School (Entertainment Tech), Sunrise Academy, Marysville Early College High School, Southwestern Career Academy and Millennium Community School. Teachers and parents from the community also joined in the excitement. Here’s what some of these participants thought:
The Creators Wanted campaign was created to recruit new talent, change perceptions about modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of creators. Starting this week, the Creators Wanted Tour Live began visiting cities around the country to bring that message directly to Americans. The first stop: Columbus, Ohio.
By Ryan Augsburger, president of The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
Manufacturers across Ohio have a unified message: “Creators Wanted.”
Hundreds of companies, including major household brands and small, family-owned enterprises, are looking for talented Ohioans of all ages to join their teams. With record numbers of job openings, above-average pay, incredible variety in the roles and specializations needed, and the promise of a long, rewarding career, there has rarely been a better time to get your start in manufacturing.
If you need proof of just how eager our industry is for talented new employees, stop by the Creators Wanted live tour coming to Columbus State College Community College through Thursday, Oct. 7.
CLEVELAND — Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted and other state and national leaders are highlighting the need to fill manufacturing jobs through a new immersive experience to help get people interested, called the ‘Creators Wanted” campaign.