U.S. manufacturing companies have as many as 600,000 jobs that they can’t find workers with the proper skills to fill, according to a survey by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute.
The survey found that 5 percent of manufacturing jobs are unfilled due to lack of qualified candidates, 67 percent of manufacturers have a moderate to severe shortage of qualified workers, and 56 percent of manufacturers expect the shortage to increase during the next three to five years.
“These unfilled jobs are mainly in the skilled production category — positions such as machinists, operators, craft workers, distributors and technicians,” said Emily DeRocco, president of the Manufacturing Institute, which is part of the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington. “Unfortunately, these jobs require the most training and are traditionally among the hardest manufacturing jobs to find existing talent to fill.”
Nearly two in three manufacturing executives surveyed said work force shortages or skill deficiencies in production roles are significantly affecting their ability to expand operations or improve productivity.
Business First by Jeff Clabaugh, Broadcast/Web Reporter Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 1:12pm EDT
They are leaving out of the article the information of what those companies are paying for those jobs.
Take a look in the paper and a lot of them are not offering anywhere near what it is worth. They want a machinist who can read and interpret prints, have all their own tools, perform their own quality control, machine and hold tight tolerances, meet production schedules in a busy shop, and more for $12/hr.
A landscape laborer makes $12/hr.
Maybe these companies need to offer what the jobs are worth instead of just hoping someone is desperate enough to work for their low wages. People learned these trades to be paid well, not do charity work.
Interesting article about exchange students coming to USA and working as slave labor at a packaging plant subcontractor for Hershey. These companies are exploiting these visas to get cheap labor. Disgusting.
Last year NPR did a jobs report that had 5-M jobs lacking the skilled worker needed. Some workers could not make the move to the job because they couldn't sell their underwater mortage and afford to live in the new place. ... Several months ago they did an update that had 3-M jobs lacking skilled worker. ... One company wanted a former NASA engineer so much they paid half of his underwater mortage if he would move to the job. He eventually sold hs house and bought a new one near work.
An oil company working the new shale fields in N.D. partnered with the local community college to train oil workers for the jobs needed there. They provide the training and the community college provides the classrooms.
One solution might be the military. They have courses that can be done in 1-year for specialty training. Whereas the local university might do it in 4-years because basket-weaving and philosophy are required too, to make an all around education. Europes trade schools are a good example for training people who do not want/need a university type education. A revamping of our educational system is sorely needed. In military school you can learn to speak/read fluent Chinese in one-year. How long would that take in a college. Difference is if you fail in the military school you end up a cook.