A Guide to Convince Youth to Pursue Manufacturing Jobs [PART 2]
Posted by Bert Maes on May 31, 2011
PART 2: Understand the education facts
- Workers complain about a lack of access to continuing job-related manufacturing training and education. Probably both quantity and quality are to be assessed.
- The machinery in technical colleges is often 30-40 years out of date. It is impossible to teach modern manufacturing techniques using such obsolete equipment. Since technological improvements and machine tools are the main drivers of economic growth, students should have access to the latest technology.
- Pupils are avoiding technical subjects, partly because of “substandard, inadequate facilities” All too often, technical schools are dark, dirty, old fashioned and depressing places with totally obsolete training equipment. This is not the type of environment in which young people want to invest 5-6 critical years of their lives.
- It’s all about first impressions. If the first impression of a classroom is not good, you can’t touch and move young people to follow your manufacturing classes. Welcoming environments reduce dropout rates. ”Talent demands an environment in which it can excel. Innovation comes from talented people working in the right environment with the right tools. Give talent the resources to create”.
- It is extremely difficult for the teaching staff at a technical school to stay abreast of developments in manufacturing technology. Often teachers don’t have the time and freedom to fulfill the roles of “facilitators, assessors, resource brokers, mediators of learning, designers and coaches, in addition to being trainers.”
- Schools constantly face budget cuts. Most schools don’t have enough money for lifelong learning of their teachers, developing new learning materials, adapt their school infrastructure etc. This lack of financing investments in education yields bad economic and social results.
PART 3: Understand the needs of our youth (June 6th)