Indiana needs to look more toward green manufacturing because traditional automotive production won’t return to its former state, according to a report released Wednesday.
The trick will be to prepare the work force, according to the report “Driving Change: Greening the Automotive Workforce.”
Within the 90-page analysis, researchers explain the state of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio’s automotive industries, and what they need to do to compete globally.
The project was a collaboration among the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana University’s Indiana Business Researcher Center, the Indiana State Workforce Innovation Council and six other organizations from Michigan and Ohio.
Among the findings of the research, the report states many of the people who lost jobs in auto manufacturing should consider looking for work in new business sectors.
But many of the unemployed workers face trouble finding jobs because they lack proper education or training, said Jerry Conover, director of the Indiana Business Research Center.
“If you look at the auto work force, there are lots of people still working or who have lost their jobs recently who have relatively limited training or the kinds of knowledge and skills for the jobs that will be growing in demand,” Conover said. “... A worker who’s been on a production line is now looking for a job as, let’s say, a technician who can install and maintain wind turbines.”
The report’s website, www.drivingworkforcechange.org, includes a database that breaks down jobs that people currently have and what types of jobs might be good ones to transition into. The website also provides information about what colleges and universities provide necessary training and degrees for certain careers.
Manufacturers will look more for employees who have skills such as engineering or design. Production-level jobs on which the state built its manufacturing-based economy will continue moving away, according to the report.