Yesterday I ran across an item about a U.K. company, Ladbrook Engineering, that has taken on its first apprentice in 20 years. In an article published on cambridgenetwork.co.uk, Ladbrook's Manufacturing Director Paul Goodman is quoted as saying, "Capable and experienced engineers are very difficult to find at the moment. In order to compete in the world, we need highly skilled toolmakers and press setters; training our own seems to be the clearest way forward for us at this time. Taking on Tom as an apprentice is an exciting start."
I agree; taking on apprentices is an exciting — and smart — start toward addressing the lack of highly skilled labor — a step that more and more companies in the U.K. appear to be taking. Perhaps U.S. companies would be wise to follow suit. (more...)