This article from The Utica Observer Dispatch rehashes the often heard mantra about the lack of trained folks to fill manufacturing jobs.
“Some manufacturers say that number could be higher, but the existing labor pool doesn’t have the skills to do the job and there aren’t enough training programs for workers to learn new skills.”
A tip of the hat to reader David Foster, who writes on Chicago Boyz, as well as on his own blog – Photon Courier - for the link to the site that contained this photo and other spectacular ones like it.
These shots of women doing serious manufacturing work building what were at the time, extremely high tech airplanes, and doing so in staggering numbers beg the question: How is it that they were able to do so with such high success, but today jobs go unfilled because we can’t train people?
You know that most of the ladies in these photos weren’t doing these obs just months before the pictures were taken; and you also know they aren’t graduates of years long trade school and apprentice programs.
While the school in Utica moans: ”Education officials say they do have the programs, but the skills manufacturers need change more quickly than the education programs do.”
Seems to me the problem is not that manufacturing skills are changing too fast so much as it is the schools – and employers – don’t know their history.
TWI – Training Within Industry – is how these women became skilled in short order. It is how Toyota developed their work force. The TWI folks refer to the process that created this trained workforce – perhaps the competitive weapon that did more to win World War II than anything else – as “the most under-rated achievement of the 20th century“. I believe they are right.
Instead of whining about the lack of workers and waiting for the government to do something about it, manufacturing leadership might want to think about giving that “under-rated achievement” a serious look.