A nation’s manufacturing future depends on its ability to prepare the next generation to be innovators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Yet, in some part of the world, far too few students are prepared for the challenges ahead.

Technological developments in the manufacturing sector are beginning to outpace workforce skills around the world. Demographic shifts, a gradual erosion of skills in some developed nations and a need for basic education in many emerging geographies combine to create a future skills shortage. In order to attract manufacturing investment necessary to develop a sustainable and diversified economy, the talent must be there to fill the pipeline, with specific focus on STEM fields.

The responsibility for creating this environment does not fall on any one single sector. Government, academia and industry need to intensify cooperation in programs to encourage the highest quality STEM education at all levels to fill the talent pipeline, and develop ways in which to improve retention of students interested in STEM careers.

Global businesses invest where the talent exists, and countries must do all that they can to make sure talent is cultivated.

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