Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) on Wednesday proposed 10 policy actions to boost U.S. manufacturing that the retailer said could help recapture $300 billion of the $650 billion worth of consumer goods that are currently imported.
"The American public’s perception of manufacturing may be at an inflection point. The good news is manufacturing clearly matters to many Americans, with the vast majority viewing U.S. manufacturing as crucial to America’s economic prosperity, standard of living, and national security," said a new report.
Maty Stockman, Jocelyn Tuua and Jassmin Peek watch a laser printer at work last month aboard the mobile Sinquefield Invention Lab at Cedar Hill Elementary. The Boy Scouts of America Great Rivers Council recently opened a permanent version of the lab at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation. Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.
The Invention Lab houses laptop computers; 3-D printers; laser engravers; programmable cutters of materials like wood, composites, metals, plastic and foams; embroidery machines; Scan-n-Cut machines to cut out designs on pieces of fabric; simple electrical circuit-building parts called littleBits; soldering equipment; and a program building featuring wood-working tools and materials.
Last week was good for apprenticeships. President Trump’s ringing call for expanding apprenticeship at a White House ceremony on Thursday should be welcome to all who favor a cost-effective approach to upgrading skills, raising job quality and widening routes to rewarding careers.
Administrators at the University of Missouri have signed an industry agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies that will position MU College of Engineering faculty, staff and students to partner on technologies that enhance national security while providing engineering students with important internships and career development opportunities.
The skills gap bedeviling U.S. manufacturers has given rise to hundreds of programs to train workers. And most of these efforts, though varied in other ways, share one important trait: the schooling that occurs happens offsite, not at the factories for which workers are being trained. It could be at a community college, regional or local “workforce development” agency, or other independent organization.