ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The owners of some local manufacturing companies say while their businesses have plenty of job openings, they’re having a hard time filling positions with qualified candidates. That’s why some business are focusing on our future work-force.
Today, 21 Stateline manufacturing facilities opened their doors to high school students to show them what exactly they do.
Azimuth CNC in Rockford is one of those manufacturing companies. It hosted students from Jefferson High School. The facility makes parts for all different kinds of industries, including aerospace, medical, even art. Jefferson is in full swing with career academies this year, so for some students, the tours reinforced their passion to get into the manufacturing field.
“I don’t like being able to design something but never see it. I want to see and have it being built in front of me and be able to hold it and know that I did something,” said Andrew Carlsson.
Companies are looking for that kind of passion, but also skill. We’ve heard many times about job openings in the Rockford Area, but not having the skilled workers to fill those manufacturing positions. That’s why they’re trying to expose kids to the field now.
Manufacturing companies from Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, and Rockton all opened their doors up to student today and six more facilities participated this year. Last year just 15 companies took part.