The lack of new talent in industry

It is around, but it needs to be discovered

I have done this and was barraged with the success stories of magnet schools, many of which concentrate on the arts, literature, etc.

We are all paying the bills for all public education – primary, secondary, community colleges, undergraduate and graduate schools. Many of the community colleges offer great programs for the trades.

How do these schools know if they missed many of the kids that would have found their niche in a middle school or high school shop class?

My guess is that many of them view the trades as a fallback position when a higher education path doesn’t work out.

Hidden Aptitudes

It is further disheartening when you view the alarming rate of high school dropouts, which is as high at 50 percent in certain areas of the country.

How many of those kids would have stayed in school had they learned to love shop classes? Many have strong, but hidden, mechanical aptitude just waiting to be discovered.

Again, my call is to get involved.

Those of you who are business owners need to be advocates for your business sector.

Take the time to push for changes that make sense for our industry.

This nation will benefit from the results if enough of you begin a real push for the future workers of this country.

Tim Kraus is the president and chief operating officer (COO) of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA). Prior to joining HDMA, he served in various executive positions with heavy duty industry parts manufacturers. The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association exclusively serves as the industry voice of the commercial vehicle product manufacturers. It is a market segment affiliate of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).

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