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Seeking mutual benefit with reciprocal membership pact

SME and Women in Manufacturing Association say agreement helps both fulfill core mission of developing industry workforce

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Oct. 8, 2021
By William Ehart

Two professional societies say a reciprocal student-member agreement can boost membership for both and help the manufacturing industry attract the workers it needs.

SME (formerly the Society of Manufacturing Engineers) and the Women in Manufacturing Association announced last month that students could join both organizations for a flat $40 fee. Leaders of the groups told CEO Update that diversifying the talent pipeline is a key goal and a critical step in addressing the workforce needs of manufacturers.

“We have a skills gap, with as many as 2.5 million jobs unfilled in manufacturing in the U.S. alone,” said SME CEO Bob Willig.