Who’s fault is this?Posted Saturday, February 4, 2012, at 8:48 AM
You know me, the reader. I found this rather early today, and it really struck a nerve. Jobs, could be untold numbers of them, going wanting for a lack of skilled workers in the "Trades" as they are called. Not glamorous jobs, that's for sure. Jobs that can't be shipped offshore, that's for sure. Jobs that once were the backbone of the middleclass, absolutely. So why so many openings and so few workers?
Is it a lack of work ethic among our young? From what I've seen here with native born Idahoans, I don't think so, but I could be wrong. These were jobs that once carried respect from others as well as decent benefits and pay. Not so much anymore it seems. Have the young been taught that it's not honorable to get ones hands dirty when working? Or is it that they see no future for them working in the trades?
Remember the days when there were such things as journeymen in the trades? I can't remember the last time I heard anyone refer to themselves as a journeyman. Is that because of the union connection to the term? The unions have been their own worst enemy for decades, that is without a doubt. So what has gone so awfully wrong that these jobs can't be filled?
This article is from a local source and has interviews with some local students. I think it is thought provoking.
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