Companies find creative ways to build pipeline of skilled workers

11/7/2011 | IndustryWeek

Skilled workers are in demand -- and short supply -- for high-tech manufacturing organizations, and this has caused some companies to invest in employee-training programs beyond lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. Some have created apprenticeship programs in conjunction with community colleges. Some create their own engineering schools, others partner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate program that awards dual master's degrees in engineering and management. "People are starting to see it. They just don't know how to deal with it," said Mark Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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