Good morning, friends, and happy Tuesday!
The Wall Street Journal recently featured a story on the growing skills gap that is leaving thousands of higher-skilled jobs unfilled. Anna Louie Sussmann reports,
The skills gap poses substantial problems to the ability of America’s manufacturers to fulfill the needs of their consumers.
Part of the skills gap can be attributed to the inability of education and training programs to evolve at the pace of technological advances.
So how should we proceed to begin closing the skills gap?
In Getting Back to Work, his book in CRN’s Room To Grow series, Michael Strain asserts we must expand apprenticeships, which he describes as “an especially promising work-based learning program.”
What role should the federal government play? As CRN’s Solutions Center advocates, “Congress should encourage employers to expand registered apprenticeship programs by providing a modest, time-limited business-related tax credit for each apprentice they hire and education.”
Then, the federal government should get out of the way. Strain writes,
For economic, job, and wage growth and to help close the skills gap, policymakers should encourage the expansion of apprenticeship programs.
Want more conservative ideas to get Americans back to work? Check out Strain’s book here.