Two things are happening in the United States:
Baby Boomers are saying goodbye to their jobs in construction, manufacturing and engineering, and younger generations are looking for work outside of those industries.
So, who exactly is replacing the Boomers?
The labor force participation rate for men of prime working age (21 to 54) is lower than it was during the 2007-09 recession. The supply side of the U.S. economy is clearly coming under strain. Very few Millennials are training for tradesman careers.
What is the solution?
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The answer for every career opportunity is not always a four year liberal arts degree. The future of a strong US economy belongs to the bold young tradesman, to young men and women who reach out for the new opportunities in traditional industries. In many of these careers you can advance really quickly. If you get the basic training, are motivated and have business and technical sense, you can have a wonderful career often making $60 - $90k per year, depending on the career.
“Employers complain they can't find qualified workers, whether it's a lack of technical skills or just not enough people knowing about the job. Entry-level workers lack critical thinking skills, writing and presentation skills, the ability to work as a team and -- sometimes - the ability to show up on time. Everybody's wrestling with this same problem and they're looking for a solution."
- Stan Litow, president of the IBM International Foundation
"What's aspirational about 'middle skill'? It's going to take a generation to get people to really challenge the stereotypes that come along with skilled labor type jobs."
- Mike Rowe, 'Somebody's Gotta Do it' and 'Dirty Jobs' host
“The message became that you need to have a college degree or you’re a lesser individual. We aren’t exposing people to these opportunities, and the funding model in public schools supports college-or-bust.”
- Spenser Villwock, CEO of Independent Electrical Contractors
“Carpentry has a black eye because there’s a perception that it’s a job you get if you’ve dropped out of high school. There’s a lack of good information about what we really do, the type of income available and who we really are out there. This is a career not a job”
- Bill Irwin, Executive Director of Carpenters International Training
“Electricians are currently retiring faster than new apprentices are joining to take their place. When you factor in retirements and veterans leaving the workforce for other reasons, and the total number of new job openings by 2024 will be 181,800.”
- Kevin Tighe, Director of Workforce Development, National Electrical Contractors Association
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