Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn
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And whose fault is THAT?

In both the local and national news now, we have businesses whining that as many as 600,000 technical jobs nationwide may be going begging for want of trained machinists, welders, and CNC machine operators. As though saying so will suddenly cause the vocational-technical school systems to produce some.

If you live in a manufacturing community like Milwaukee, you know that the reason there are few trained candidates now is because, for the last twenty years there have been few to no jobs available in those areas. Manufacturing has been in a continual cycle of plant closures, layoffs, and downsizing. Those people who were able to keep jobs in these sectors have held onto them until retirement, meaning that there has been no incentive for new people to go into these trades, since there were no jobs for them.

Running "lean", businessmen have of course made no room in their organizations for trainees, apprentices, or just having some extra capacity. Having taken no responsibility for meeting their own needs, these "entrepreneurs" now call upon the despised taxpayer-funded educational system to bail them out.

My question is, are any of these businesses doing anything to help themselves? Are they partnering with local vocational-technical schools to establish an accelerated program? Have they reached out to (gasp) unions to set up apprenticeship programs? Have they considered an On The Job Training program of their own? As to the last, I'm betting not, for sure. One thing the average pumpkinseed-grasping businessman hates like poison is paying for training.  Instead, all these would-be John Galts demand to be provided with a fully-trained workforce, like baby birds gaping to be fed, while simultaneously asserting that they don't need government, and that the taxation to pay for this training is theft. This entry was originally posted at http://sinister-sigils.dreamwidth.org/195394.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
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