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John Deere Works looking to the next generation to fill the skills gap

Friday, October 11, 2019  
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DAVENPORT, Iowa — John Deere Works invited about 60 eighth graders from area schools to learn about modern manufacturing careers. Students got some hands-on experience with various tools of the trade — and heard from professionals why the manufacturing industry still makes a good bet for young people deciding on a career.


Some students could be seen trying out the torque tools, simulating an assembly environment. The loud whir invoking a race car pit stop.


“Like you’re on NASCAR,” said eighth-grader Christopher Tillian.


“So the idea is that we get kids before they get into high school exposed to what the career possibilities are in manufacturing,” said General Manager Mary Pat Tubb.


Manufacturers like John Deere say that with millions of baby boomers set to retire, there’s a growing skills gap…


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