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‘Making Your Future’ initiative strives to connect ‘makers’ to area manufacturers’ growing needs

The Making Your Future initiative was designed to help thousands of people find a career in manufacturing with a desired outcome of connecting qualified employees to the 30,000 -plus job vacancies over the next decade. . . .

The real challenge looming ahead isn’t just the 30,000 or more people needed for manufacturing jobs. Statistics provided by MakingYourFuture.org state that by 2025, there is expected to be a workforce deficit of 80,000 people in the Pittsburgh region.

In addition to the region’s legacy metals manufacturing jobs, the American Chemistry Council estimates that the new Shell ethane cracker plant in Beaver County will generate roughly 17,800 new jobs: 600 at the facility itself, 1,800 more chemical industry jobs, 8,500 supply chain jobs and 6,900 “spin-off” jobs. . . .

Just as the website provides resources for job seekers, it also provides them for manufacturers in the region, including assessment tools to attract desired job seekers and retain current employees; toolkits to help create or improve existing apprenticeship and internship programs; a list of sites and area workforce organizations that connect to job seekers; and a list of programs in the community that connect with the future workforce pipeline.

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