ManufacturingNEXT was created for Inforum members and companies who want to strengthen the talent pipeline in manufacturing professions by providing woman-oriented professional development and relationship building opportunities.

Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to a skills gap. Eighty percent of manufacturers report a serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled production positions. Women are critical to meeting this need, but relatively few choose manufacturing careers, comprising only 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce nationally, according to the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte.