In past blogs, such as this, I've commented on articles that focus on the skills and employment opportunities in manufacturing. I've also lamented the lack of education that kids get when it comes to the wonderful opportunities in manufacturing careers. I recently read an article in Industry Week by Michael Collins titled "Let's Get Real About the Skills Gap and Start Solving it" and really liked what he had to say.
Larry Fast gets it exactly right , and admirably puts his money where his mouth is towards getting kids into manufacturing. For too long manufacturing jobs have had an optics problem..."dirty, dingy, layoffs" is the sentiment. Decades ago, one could find a nicely paying job down at the local factory which promised a nice pension at the end of service. Times have changed and the past thirty years has reflected an education system that pushed kids away from manufacturing to pursue jobs in more "glamorous" fields. We've been told "America is a service economy now" as if that's a good thing. Can we really afford to sell each other coffee and insurance for the next 100 years?