YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Results of a just completed survey show the Valley has some work to do to produce enough trained workers to fill available manufacturing jobs in the region.
The findings of the study were released during a program at the Trumbull County Career and Technical Center.
While 13 percent of jobs in the region are in manufacturing, the survey found that only eight percent of students are interested in pursuing careers in manufacturing and therein lies the gap.
"There are a great number of high paying, highly skilled jobs which go unfilled each and every day," said Eric Karmecy, Oh-Penn Pathways.
The study also found that the perception of manufacturing by many young people is based on outdated misconceptions and not on the reality of today's modern, computer controlled machines.
The career and technical centers are now working with manufacturers to develop training for the jobs they need to fill.
The program included a question and answer period with manufacturing employers and Kristen Williams, a student at TCCTC, thinks manufacturing could be a rewarding career.
"It seems like it has a lot of benefits. It has a lot of things that I would want personally for my future," Williams said.
Dustin Skidmore has found a job at Kiraly Tool & Die which is providing him with additional training to become a journeyman machinist and earn future advancement.
"I went to college for two years and found it wasn't the thing for me and I'm thriving right now and it feels great," Skidmore said.