Like many other facets of the manufacturing sector, the aluminum industry has a strong demand for trained workers requiring traditional as well as advanced manufacturing skills. Skilled labor remains in high demand and short supply, with routine turnover adding to these challenges. Additionally, the aluminum industry is committed to ensuring safety and health in industrial workplaces across the nation.
- Grow and promote work-based learning opportunities – including apprenticeship, upskilling, credentialing and other types of training programs - that help manufacturers recruit and retain the highly skilled, diverse workforce they need to thrive.
- New occupational safety and health standards and regulations should be adopted through the current statutory and regulatory framework that rely on sound scientific, data-driven research and stakeholder input. Prior to new rulemaking, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) should review whether existing standards and regulations address emerging safety and health issues.
- Apply and interpret in a uniform manner across the country the occupational safety and health standards and regulations that are subject to government administration and enforcement.
- Support incentives for employees to undertake education and training programs.