Detroit News: Demand Grows for Skilled Trades Jobs
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 18:55
A Detroit News article from October 18 titled "Demand grows for skilled trades jobs" concludes:
At a time when Michigan's unemployment rate has increased for four straight months and is more than two percentage points above the national jobless rate, there is growing demand for construction and skilled trade workers in Metro Detroit and throughout the state.
Author and expert in economic trends Joel Kotkin says too many people in Michigan go to four-year colleges and come out with a lot of debt and no marketable skills. What Michigan needs, he says, are more people with mid-level skills, not advanced degrees.
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The following video includes an interview with American University Economics Professor and Urban Institute Fellow Bob Lerman on CNN's 'Education Overtime." In the accompanying article (below the video) Lerman highlights the advantages of Registered Apprenticeship and promotes its expansion as a viable education and training option.
Below is the transcript of the article and accompanying interview which American University Economics Professor and Urban Institue Fellow Bob Lerman gave on CNN's "Education Overtime" - a seven week series that focuses on the conversations surrounding education issues that affect students, teachers, parents and the community.
If not college, then what?
(CNN) -- At dinner tables throughout the United States, there are tough conversations about the exploding cost of college, the rough job market, the pain of debt.
For parents and students, it adds up to the same question: Is college worth it?
But American University economics Professor Robert Lerman is asking something different: If college isn't worth it, what else is out there?
Lerman, an Urban Institute fellow, has studied youth unemployment for decades, and thinks the United States ought to try an updated version of an old technique for education and employment: apprenticeships.
Mike Rowe Calls for National Campaign to Promote Skilled Jobs
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 18:27
Mike Rowe of Mike Rowe Works and The Discovery Channel spoke to the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in Washington, D.C. on May 5th, 2011. He discussed the need to promote skilled trades as a desired job, rather than exclusively hyping jobs that requires a 4 year degree or more.
In 1934, the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to serve as "the national policy-recommending body on apprenticeship" in the United States. The FCA assumed its responsibilities with respect to apprentices and their training under the industrial codes formulated by the National Recovery Administration.