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Lucy Gray

Factories Ready to Hire, but Skilled Workers Scarce - NYTimes.com - 1 views

  • In a survey last year of 779 industrial companies by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, 32 percent of companies reported “moderate to serious” skills shortages. Sixty-three percent of life science companies, and 45 percent of energy firms cited such shortages.
  • Employers say they are looking for aptitude as much as specific skills. “We are trying to find people with the right mindset and intelligence,” said Mr. Murphy.
  • Local leaders worry that the skills shortage now will be exacerbated once baby boomers start retiring. In Ohio, officials project that about 30 percent of the state’s manufacturing workers will be eligible for retirement by 2016.
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  • The jobs, which would pay $18 to $23 an hour, require considerable technical skill.
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    Is assessing basic skills enough in a global economy?
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    Yong Zaho is right, the US will loose by teaching to and assessing for basic skills. As Richard Florida and Dan Pink write about it is the Creative Class where there is real growth.
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