AN annual survey of nearly 43,000 employers in 32 countries has found companies are increasingly desperate for plumbers, welders and other maintenance staff.
According to US-based employment services firm Manpower, the current climate where the knowledge economy is prioritised over practical skills is causing a major void between what employers need and what workers can offer.
Educational institutions had wound back trade training because of declining demand, but the pendulum has swung too far, with some high schools no longer offering technical training. Parents are also encouraging children to go to university, resulting in an influx of educated workers, but a lack of practically skilled personnel.
According to the company, employers globally are in desperate need of factory and maintenance technicians. Many of these positions rely on detailed skills obtained over many years of experience. The lengthy training required for these jobs are further adding to the shortage.
Employers claim these jobs are attractive career choices because unlike knowledge or information-based jobs, they cannot be outsourced.
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