Creators Wanted: The Future of Work Is Now in Modern Manufacturing

NAM and Mahindra Announce New Partnership to Help Close the “Skills Gap”

Washington, D.C. – With more than 3.5 million manufacturing job openings expected over the next decade, according to the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) affiliate, The Manufacturing Institute, the NAM and Mahindra unveiled today a new series as a part of the NAM’s “Creators Wanted” campaign—a sustained effort to answer manufacturers’ workforce challenges by enhancing perceptions of modern manufacturing careers through advertising, digital targeting and storytelling about the people who represent the present and future of the industry.

The campaign features Mahindra employees from Mahindra Automotive, Mahindra Tractor & Utility Vehicles and GenZe, an electric scooter company. These companies have nationwide manufacturing, distribution and assembly centers with headquarter operations in Michigan and Texas. The campaign showcases for parents and students what’s achievable through modern manufacturing careers at the $19 billion global Mahindra Group. The unprecedented attention on manufacturing in America—by political leaders and the press—has raised the stakes for America’s leading innovation industry to compete for talent and to spotlight the growing number of opportunities for lifelong careers in modern manufacturing.

“The future of work is now in modern manufacturing,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “We are intent on shattering the stodgy stereotypes of what manufacturing careers look like. Parents and kids across America need to see that modern manufacturing is about creating the future—and giving people not only jobs but also lifelong and rewarding careers.

“The NAM is especially proud to partner with Mahindra on ‘Creators Wanted’ to open more eyes to the exciting opportunities for all Americans in modern manufacturing. Mahindra is a company built on driving positive change—and the Mahindra team is making investments in our people and in our communities, such as the first new auto plant in metro Detroit in 25 years, that will help secure the future of making things in America.”

In the 10 months since the initiative’s launch, “Creators Wanted” has reached more than 2 million individuals. The initiative has brought together some of America’s top innovative brands and small manufacturers to demonstrate that modern manufacturing offers careers that are well-paid, highly skilled and diverse. Manufacturing careers allow individuals to raise their standard of living and make products that have a positive impact in their communities and beyond.

“We are pleased to work alongside the National Association of Manufacturers to accelerate the growth of manufacturing in the U.S. by attracting young talent to an exciting career path at Mahindra. We are committed to investing in workforce initiatives through educational programs and industry-related college scholarships,” said Mahindra Chairman Anand Mahindra.

As part of the NAM–Mahindra partnership, the campaign will drive attention to the stories of the Mahindra employees and the types of opportunities available in modern manufacturing across the United States.

“Unless we change minds about manufacturing, we will have more than 2 million jobs unfilled over the next 10 years,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “Manufacturing Day and ‘Creators Wanted’ are our chance to turn the tide to convince parents and students we need the next generation, and we have a lot to offer.”

For more information, visit www.creatorswanted.org

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org..

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a nonpartisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

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