Lack of Skills Might be One Reason College Grads Can’t Find Jobs

CNNMoney.com, “Boomerang kids: 85% of college grads move home“:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Getting a degree used to be a stepping stone to limitless career opportunities. Now it’s more of a hiatus from living under your parents’ roof.

Stubbornly high unemployment — nearly 15% for those ages 20-24 — has made finding a job nearly impossible. And without a job, there’s nowhere for these young adults to go but back to their old bedrooms, curfews and chore charts. Meet the boomerangers.

One cause for this failure to launch could be educations and expectations that have become divorced from the working world, that is, reality.

Math skills would help, too.

Danville (Conn.) Commercial News,  “Local manufacturer needs workers,” reporting on the demand for employees at Thyssen-Krupp Crankshaft.

Forge team, tool room, and crane/store room positions are available in the Danville Forge area and forge team and die shop positions are available at the Veedersburg Forge division.

In the Danville machining category, HVAC, manufacturing engineering, fabrication, preventative maintenance and electronics technicians and around 20 machine operators.

[Erik] Jensen said the machine operator positions are quite specialized, with the ideal candidate having experience around industrial machinery and equipment and cutting metal.

“These positions are technical in nature and require a decent number of math skills and using measurements,” Jensen said.

From the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, “FABTECH 2010 Discussion Topic: Filling the Skilled Labor Gap“:

DEARBORN, Mich. – The need for skilled labor in the manufacturing industry will be among the leading topics of discussion at the 2010 FABTECH show in Atlanta, Nov. 2-4. Scores of American manufacturers report they face a labor gap as more and more baby boomers retire and new technologies require new skills.

According to the 2010 Manpower Talent Shortage Survey, among the most difficult jobs to fill in North America are those of the skilled manual trades, with electricians, carpenters, plumbers and welders among the most in-demand employees.

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 Hat tip: Rob Port, SayAnythingBlog.

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