While unemployment levels decline, some veterans are still having difficulty finding work. Some experts believe that the economy is actually on the rebound, but there’s a strange problem adversely affecting recovery: there are too many people with a 4-year degree. According to Roadshow for Growth, the plethora of 4-year degrees is harming the burgeoning manufacturing business by denying them much-needed skilled labor.
“American students need more encouragement to learn manufacturing skills,” says Chris Buch, a sales manager for Omega Plastics, a Detroit-based middle market company. “They need encouragement from higher education institutions telling them to look into manufacturing—there’s a home there for just about anybody.”
The usual wisdom being directed at high school graduates for the past few years is that a traditional college degree can open up new doors of opportunity. However, companies are scrambling to fill manufacturing positions and other jobs in a similar vein. Most companies don’t want to spend time and money training a skill-less applicant, so time spent in vocational schools might work wonders on the job market.
“We need to tell our young people: Don’t just go to college,” said Johnson, a conservative Republican from Wisconsin. “You might not need a four-year degree. Vocational training and technical schools are a fine way to realize your potential.”