For Parents

Critical Jobs

Manufacturing in Idaho accounts for 12% of the total output in the state, employees nearly 6% of the workforce, and in 2019, offered an average annual compensation of over $72,000

Career Opportunities

More than half of students who are exposed to manufacturing opportunities at events like Made Here Idaho are motivated to pursue a career in manufacturing

Promising Futures

Manufacturers in the US perform more than 75% of research and development in the private-sector, generate 85% of the nation’s patents, and employ 80% of the country’s engineers.

Ways to get involved with Forging Futures: 

Connecting my student with an apprenticeship
Allow your student to earn while learning in a new career
Connecting my student with job shadow opportunities
Match your student with an employer in your area to explore a career in manufacturing
Get your student some experience working in the manufacturing industry
Volunteering with Forging Futures
Increase your understanding of the manufacturing industry and help connect local talent to rewarding careers
If you think of another way to get involved with Forging Futures, let us know

Companies continue growing and increasing their production which puts a demand on the need for skilled talent to fill roles in production, research and development, accounting, sales, marketing, and human resources. Did you know workers in the US manufacturing industry have one of the highest percentages of workers eligibility for health benefits provided by the employer (92%) and earn a higher average wage than those in other private-sector industries?

We have strong relationships with over 130 manufacturing employers in Idaho and schools at the secondary and post-secondary level throughout the state. Elevating your student’s awareness of these statistics as well as in-demand jobs in Idaho could get your student into an interesting, rewarding, safe, and stable job that can not only match his/her interests, but also offer a direct and quicker road to a good-paying job with minimal debt.

And if at the end of these opportunities, students realize they don’t like manufacturing or want to pursue a different job in the field, we consider it a win since they can focus their efforts into something more suitable.