What Germans Know Could Help Bridge U.S. Workers' Skill Gap
A recent article on NPR points to the need for workers with mid-level skills in the US (not high level engineers, nor low skilled service workers). It also points out that messaging the need for a 4 year college education may no longer be relevant in today's job market. Later this year, the Obama administration will award one grant in each state to a community college with the most promising job training program.
It's pretty much that middle gap," explains spokeswoman Martina Stellmaszek. "They have no problems finding engineers — there are great engineers in the United States — or really very low-qualified jobs — there is also no problem filling that. But it's really that middle segment where in Germany, we have the vocational training system to exactly train for that."
...Emory University economist Raymond Hill says America's go-to-college message, boosted by college financial aid policies, worked in the U.S. for a while as manufacturing went offshore. But higher wages in China and a U.S. energy boom have changed the manufacturing landscape as well as the kind of jobs available. Now, companies can't find workers with the right training, Hill says.
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