During Manufacturing Month in October, NHMEP successfully facilitated 43 high school student tours of 45 manufacturers throughout the state to create awareness and interest in the various products that are made in NH, along with new technologies and career pathways. NHMEP hopes to encourage students into building their career with local manufacturers, keeping them in state after graduation.
Sixty-three students gave positive feedback on tour experiences of manufacturing companies in their region. 77% of students were either not aware or only somewhat aware of advanced manufacturing prior to their field trip, a 13% decrease from 2018. As a result of their tours, 85% would consider or highly consider a career in manufacturing, an 18% increase from last year.
“Just like any job, it’s really important for students to be able to see real-world applications of what they learn in school and what the job possibilities and job opportunities are,” said Spaulding High School senior Ricky Heath who toured RP Abrasives in Spaulding, among other local manufacturing facilities. “So it’s really nice to be able to have the connections to go out and experience what the real working world is like. It’s something you can’t really learn in school, you can’t really learn off a YouTube video.”
The month is capped each year by the annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit, which featured workshops, seminars and dozens of exhibitors.
As a result of their manufacturing tours, students would:
Highly Consider a Career in Manufacturing
Consider a Career in Manufacturing
Not Consider a Career in Manufacturing
Interested in participating in a career fair or presenting your company’s capabilities and internships/job opportunities to students?
Are you an educational institution that would like to have manufacturers present at your facility? Or schedule a student tour with a manufacturer?