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America's skilled-trades dilemma: How to fix it for the long term

Educators, manufacturers must rethink approaches to hard skills knowledge transfer.

By Ian McKinnon, Reliability Solutions
Mar 10, 2016

North America is in the midst of the largest exodus of skilled labor in its history. According to current research, within manufacturing and industrial America, the talent areas that will be hardest hit by retirements are skilled tradespeople and production/operating technicians. Although it is not well recognized in America, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that these skilled trades and operating occupations account for more than 50% of the total manufacturing workforce.

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