Problems finding manufacturing workers

Sunday, March 12, 2006

We have a education system that seriously underperforms. We're producing far too many people with few skills needed by technically sophisticated, growth-oriented companies.

At the same time, we have a popular misunderstanding of how manufacturing has evolved in this country. Manufacturing jobs are no longer dull, dirty and dangerous. They represent high skilled, high-paying occupations.

This story in Minnesota can be repeated in many of the states of the Great Lakes. While manufacturers of laid off low skilled workers, they're having difficulty attracting and finding technically oriented workers. Read more.

This problem will only get worse as the Baby Boom generation retires.

In Wisconsin, state work force, officials are trying to address this strategy this challenge with a career letter strategy. Read more.

In Northwest Indiana, the focus is on developing alternatives to college. Read more.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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