New talents in the future of mould builders

The American Mold Builders Association as well joins a broader and broader group of sector trade associations with the common goal of attracting new generations of workers, one of the issues more felt by United States manufacturers. Owing to the ageing of the plastic market, where operators with decades of experience behind are retiring, finding young people and succeeding in keeping them employed in companies becomes a critical need, especially in this field.

At the end of January, AMBA presented its Emerging Leaders Network addressing member companies’ youth. The enrolment in Emerging Leaders is accessible to 18-40 years old workers, stressing the concept that, in the current market affected by the shortage of specialized workers, the age of 40 is equal to 20.

Other trade associations are highly staking on this recruiting activity: Plastics Industry Association with its FliP (Future Leaders in Plastics) and the professionals of the Society of Plastics with their mentoring programme. Besides, both organizations offer free inscriptions to university students.

Scholarships are an important part also for the Thermoforming division of SPE, like its commitment to recruiting younger people in its board of directors. Finally, some of the youngest members of the Association of Rotational Moulding have formed a further networking group, ARM Future Leaders.

These are only some of the initiatives to face a long-term problem whose solution will need a coherent and creative effort.

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