According to IndustryWeek,
Manufacturing workers are retiring in droves, with an estimated 2.7 million jobs being vacated by 2025. At the same time, the growth and advancement of the industry is expected to create an additional 700,000 jobs for skilled manufacturing employees over the next decade. As a result, manufacturers are scrambling to fill this knowledge and skills deficit with the next generation of workers — millennials.”
The Flexware team, as part of its mission to keep manufacturing engineering talent in Indiana, has spent the last three years creating and improving “the ultimate engineering summer internship experience”, called The Trailblazer Fellowship. Our mission is to find and develop the next generation of manufacturing leadership.
This summer marked our third year of launching the Trailblazer Fellowship program. We had another wonderful summer with talented engineering students from both Purdue University and Rose-Hulman.
The Trailblazer Fellowship is a 12-week summer internship experience that pairs top engineering students with top manufacturing companies in the mid-west. The immersion experience includes:
Working for Flexware Innovation as a Trailblazer intern is a unique and rewarding experience. Not only did Flexware take the time to introduce me to new concepts I hadn’t pursued before, such as creating a service in C# based around RFID technology, but they also care enough about their employees to help develop them personally and professionally. The professional development days were great, whether it was getting exposure to various facilities and industries Flexware works with, or sitting down with several admin level employees receiving advice from them on resumes, interviewing, or our personal LinkedIn profiles.”
From automation to business intelligence, Flexware gave me the opportunity to explore work in many different areas. It was a summer of trying new things and learning what I want and don’t want to do. Flexware is a unique internship where you not only get work experience but also build relationships, and develop professionally. Flexware spends time to make you a better employee by teaching you essential skills such as writing a resume, conducting yourself in an interview, and making good business decisions. It is a company that cares about their people. From day one I felt like part of the team and that I was working on something helpful to the company.”
We will be at the following career fairs recruiting for next summer’s Trailblazers:
If you are interested in being a Trailblazer, please visit our booth. If you can’t make it, click here to fill out the Trailblazer application.
Director of Talent Management
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