The are 2,074 manufacturers in Hillsborough and Pinellas. The skills gap is already limiting the business growth of almost 40% of them, and without attention the gap will continue to grow.

Tampa Bay’s top business and economic development organizations have joined together to identify the current workforce needs of area manufacturers, and provide proactive recommendations to ensure a steady pipeline of talent as we prepare for anticipated growth. The comprehensive survey below digs deep into the specific employee skills and training that will help manufacturers increase competitiveness and productivity.

Below are their findings and a summary of the actions taken in the last year to address the gaps: