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Don't Count Yourself Out of the Manufacturing Job Market

Want a job that pays well for doing something that you’re passionate about? Take a second look at the manufacturing job market. A recent Bloomberg article notes that millennial men tend to be missing from the job market.

Among men aged 25 to 34, some cite disability or continuing education for their lack of current employment. Others cite an unwillingness to work a job they hate for minimum wage. The trend began during the 2007-2009 recession, when the employment rate for men 25 to 34 fell behind that of the slightly older generation. And though the general rates of employment have been steadily recovering since the end of that recession, many of these young men have not recovered.

“Millennial males remain less likely to hold down a job than the generation before them, even as women their age work at higher rates.” -- Bloomberg

If this sounds like you, consider how a job in manufacturing can help get your career back on track. We live in a time when there are enough resources and options to ensure everyone is paid what they're worth to do a good job.

Busting Common Myths of the Manufacturing Job Market

People in the manufacturing industry often have to deal with a lot of incorrect information and assumptions about the types of jobs they provide to their communities. So let’s debunk some of those myths.

Debunking 3 Common Myths of the Manufacturing Job Market

1. MYTH: The manufacturing jobs are the jobs no one wants. The few good ones that exist are impossible to get.

TRUTH: There are many good jobs in the manufacturing job market, including right here in eastern Ontario. A quick Worxica search for Kingston, ON in manufacturing finds jobs available right now in the following categories:

    1. Senior projects engineer
    2. Process/projects engineer
    3. Material operator
    4. Manufacturing managers
2. MYTH: In manufacturing jobs, you slog through long, boring, pointless hours for minimal pay.

TRUTH: Today’s job opportunities in the manufacturing job market are high tech and high stakes. The work that every single manufacturing employee does keeps our country thriving.
    1. The manufacturing industry is a major driver of the Canadian economy
    2. Manufacturing makes up +5% of Canadian GDP
    3. Manufacturing in eastern Ontario employs 65K people
3. MYTH: It is very difficult to qualify for manufacturing jobs.

TRUTH: There are great training programs available that are local and affordable.
  • Elevate PLUS: a FREE 6-week program combines classroom and on-site work placement to provide training and hands-on experience to adults for jobs in the manufacturing and food processing industry. This program is provided by a partnership between Loyalist College Training and Knowledge Centre, Quinte Economic Development Commission, and Employment Ontario.

Find Great Work Close to Home in the Manufacturing Job Market

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