Today, I will provide short snippets of facts and observations. The goal is to start you thinking about the “facts” you hear.
Companies routinely claim they can’t find qualified employees. (Manpower reports that 52% of their surveyed employers have a talent shortage.) That kids don’t have the proper training. (I do agree in part with this). But, as was recently discussed in a special Wall Street Journal report (24 October, Section R), the real issue is that employers no longer understand that it is THEIR responsibility to train new staff. (Consider the programs that Proctor and Gamble uses to orient, train, and develop its new talent.)
Moreover, most employers want to find highly talented individuals that are willing to work for peanuts- like that’s a realistic expectation. Using the quote from the article- only 10% of the employees in Silicon Valley during the heyday of the 1990’s had IT degrees. How did they manage to grow at astronomical rates?
And, if you look at the chart above, you will notice two interesting facts- two of the employee classes needed are DRIVERS and SALES REPS. I’m sorry, these are not highly skilled positions (they do require excellent attitudes). Let’s just call it as it is- employers have no desire to pay reasonable wages to hire employees!
Moreover, whatever happened to apprenticeship programs? These were the norm for skilled trades for decades. Where the folks are hired at lower wages (NOT fire sale wages, lower than normal) trained in their jobs, and then earn the full salary to which they are entitled. The only apprenticeship programs that obtain nowadays are for lawyers and professional services- and many of these are not really apprenticeship programs as much as they are methods to rip off the skills of new, inexperienced employees.