For many years, U.S. manufacturers have lamented the shortage of job applicants with the skills needed to work in modern manufacturing. The old manufacturing jobs – rote repetition on an assembly line – are gone and are not coming back. We need bright young people who can handle sophisticated machinery and computers, but they are in short supply and few of them seem aware of the opportunities available in manufacturing.
Jerry Jasinowski, former President of the National Association of Manufacturers, writes a regular blog about economic and manufacturing issues. He recently penned one suggesting that old-fashioned apprenticeships are part of the solution.