Automotive manufacturing is a vital part of the economy in Indiana and especially in this region. The state’s automotive sector includes more than 600 companies that employ more than 120,000, with a combined impact of $9 billion. But for this valuable area of the economy to thrive, it needs a continuing supply of trained technical workers.
Early this month, the Indiana Automotive Council released a strategic plan to build on Indiana’s manufacturing prowess. The council said that for the state to continue to outperform its rivals, it must find ways to address needs for a qualified workforce, to better connect employers and schools and to focus more on innovation.
Many people graduate from high school today without the proper math skills to perform technical work and without the proper social skills to work in groups.