Shortage of Critical Skills

Archive Report

Contribution of Skills to National Progress

Supporting Skils for Workers at the Top

A severe shortage of skilled craftsmen and technicians is plaguing industry, research laboratories, and the armed services—even the ordinary citizen who needs a competent repair job on his automobile or TV set. The extreme complexity of many devices now used in the factory, in the home, and at bases where men are trained for modern warfare has generated a constantly rising demand for skilled workers. The fact that this demand is not being met from accustomed sources has been called “a number one national problem” by Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell. And he predicts that “as technology advances, this problem will grow worse.”1

The wide publicity given to the country's need for more ...

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