We have record long-term unemployment in this country. Young people are graduating from university only to find that they can not get a job in the field they trained for because the job simply doesn’t exist. Yet, jobs go wanting in the manufacturing sector.
Manufacturing companies simply can not find the skilled workers they need to staff their factories.
This is a problem that simply must be addressed and addressed soon. I think a lot of the blame for this state of affairs can be traced to the general slagging on blue collar jobs that has been going on in this country for the past two decades. “Visionaries” have been blathering on incessantly that we have a post industrial economy and everybody just needs to come up with a new app for our iPhones that will allow us to custom design our pizzas. Such ideas are silly.
Countries that make things are powerful. Which country in Europe would you bet on in the coming years? Greece, whose main industrial products are cement and concrete or Germany, whose industrial sector produces endless amounts of cars, machinery and electrical equipment. In addition, the Germans play soccer better.
So let’s all agree we are going to ignore the Mustache of Understanding and his ilk. We are not a post industrial economy and should not wish to become one. We should strive to make all sorts of things that we and others around the world would love to buy. We should encourage young people that all work is honorable and that working in the manufacturing sector is a winning career strategy. We should fund and promote apprenticeship programs both in high school and as a viable post-secondary educational track.
Right, I think that’s solved it.