The skills gap in manufacturing can be traced back to middle schools and high schools. Forbes noted, "In a country where a generation ago shop classes were nearly universal in high schools, and where most young people grew up learning to use basic hand tools and to troubleshoot and repair basic home and auto breakdowns, it's now safer to assume that today's young people have none of that training and none of those skills." With schools so focused on the college-only paths, less students are finding their way into trade schools or machine operating. Luckily, many programs around the country are popping up to train the next generation and work to close the gap.
It's a common complaint and worry among manufacturers today that they face a serious skills gap. There's been plenty of ink spilled about the critical need for people trained in the skilled trades: electricians, welders, machinists, and so on. Read More