“Lean proponents believe that fairly, even well, compensated employees; suppliers sure they will be dealt with fairly if they invest in the long term health of their customers; customers who receive the most for their money; and communities living with assurance that local employers are long term residents will all go beyond the call of duty to assure the success of the business.”
Read more: at Evolving Excellence click Shareholders versus Stakeholders – Evolving Excellence.
Yea, yea, heard about the skills shortage, but what about the solutions? Lets hear about that for a change!
1st, look at the four primary reasons for the national skills shortage. (In order of most contributed to problem, to least) The bottom line is always about money (not enough paid/cost too much).
2. Whiplash effect (manufacturing industry sold us out in the past for quick returns via cheap labor)(George Fletcher
3. Disconnect between education providers and manufacturer’s needs, and future needs.
4. Compounded by baby boomers retiring (and a little by economy)
Yes, the topic “Skill Shortage” is overplayed and over simplified. What needs more coverage is “Skill Shortage SOLUTIONS!”
National Skills Coalition
is working on number 3 with a lot of viable solutions. But as well as those kind of big slow moving long term initiatives, we also need quick inexpensive short term solutions that appeal to the #1 barrier above (money) as well as the #2 (skills gap). Like real-world interactive troubleshooting training software
that allows student first entering the job market to gain years of troubleshooting skills and experience, in just days.
Also specific skill sets that formal educational institutions neglected to teach, being taught by seasoned vets to the industry via short 3 day hands on workshops
the typical seminars where textbook and theory are presented on PowerPoints, but actual hands-on real equipment, best-practices, safety and reliability type training.) These software and workshop solutions will help close the skills gap quicker, at minimum cost and time, there by addressing all 4 of the primary reasons for the skills gap. (links above are examples I know of, sure there are a few others out there too
But back to the bottom line, yes manufacturing and educational institutions will need to step up to plate and spend more money on training to make up for their past shortcomings and short term gains. It always cost most in the long run, costing them more now than they saved in the past by cutting, and will cost them even more in the future if they skimp now. It is time for the industry to learn from past mistakes and do the responsible thing.
Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter@IndTraining .) Be sure to add me to your Google+ circles to stay on top!