Building Future Workforce Part of Plan to Transform Chemical Industry
The unending need a skilled workforce
Transformation. It’s a simple word, with a bold meaning, and what the American Chemical Society (ACS) hopes to achieve for its industry. To do that, the group will invest $50 million over the next five years on what it says are four transformational areas. Key among those is an initiative to expand and diversify the industry’s future workforce.
“Our goal is to increase awareness of and ensure accurate information about careers in the skilled technical workforce within the chemical enterprise,” said Terri Chambers, senior director, ACS Education. “This is essential to communicating the importance of and pathways to opportunities for chemical technical professionals. Our goal is also to enable greater collaboration of a wide and diverse network of stakeholders.”
While many have associated current labor shortages with the pandemic, many have been predicted for a long time. Back in 2017, a National Academies report predicted a shortage of 3.4 million “skilled technical” workers by this year. And a recent Korn Ferry report estimates a talent deficit of 85 million workers by 2030.
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