The skills shortage in US manufacturing is well-known. Has been for years. Everyone writes about it, including me. And most people say that education is the key. The line goes that if we beef up more education programs for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), revive shop & manufacturing-focused programs in our high schools, and recommit to apprenticeship programs, we’ll overcome the shortage and get back on track.
Well, it’s not that simple. In fact, focusing on education as the tonic for our woes will amount to using a squirt gun on a forest fire.