We are excited to announce that Manufacturing Day 2021 is set for Friday, October 1! While this is celebrated on one day, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and IMA Education Foundation will follow our tradition and promote the entire month of October as Manufacturing Month. Governor JB Pritzker will again be asked to issue an official proclamation of Manufacturing Month, and hopefully will be able to visit selected schools and manufacturers during the month.
Manufacturing Month is a great way to introduce middle and high school students to the wide array of occupations that make up modern manufacturing and awaken the creative spirit in every student. In addition to production technicians and engineering, students will also learn about the critical support roles in logistics, purchasing, accounting, information technology and much more. More information about Manufacturing Day and Manufacturing Month can be found at the IMA Education Foundation.
While most schools are still working to determine what next year will look like in the wake of an ongoing pandemic, we once again hope that many school districts and students will be able to safely visit local manufacturers and see firsthand how things are made. In the alternative, we recommend developing a virtual tour that showcases your people and products. The National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute developed resources for employers on how to build a virtual or in-person tour as well as tips on how to effectively engage students of all ages into the possibilities of a manufacturing career.
How do you get started? Visit creatorswanted.org/mfgday to register your MFG Day event and also get access to the resources and tips on how to host a virtual or in-person event including a suite of webinars that walk you through how to make your event successful.
We’ll see you this October!