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U.S. Manufacturing Could Learn a Lesson from Europe's Programs to Train Journeymen

There are many articles about the problem of America's "skilled worker shortage" and why we need advanced training; but most don't define or explain what they mean by "advanced training."

The type of advanced training program we need for manufacturing is an apprentice program, which trains people to become journeymen, like the training programs in Germany and Switzerland.

"Journeyman" is a good term to define a person with the multiple skills needed to be “highly skilled” in any field of manufacturing, whether it is as a pipe fitter, machinist, electrician, assembler or maintenance worker.

The key to this type of training is that the manufacturer must make the investment in a program that pays the workers while they are in training and provides a full-time job upon graduation.

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The type of advanced training program we need for manufacturing is an apprentice program, which trains people to become journeymen, like the training programs in Germany and Switzerland.

"Journeyman" is a good term to define a person with the multiple skills needed to be “highly skilled” in any field of manufacturing, whether it is as a pipe fitter, machinist, electrician, assembler or maintenance worker.

The key to this type of training is that the manufacturer must make the investment in a program that pays the workers while they are in training and provides a full-time job upon graduation.

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