There has been a great deal of discussion of late about America’s lack of qualified workers. A recent survey from Georgetown University claims that we will face a shortage of 5 million qualified job applicants by 2020. How could this be possible? Why is the U.S. losing its competitive edge, and why is the problem only getting worse?
One of the main culprits for this shortcoming is a lack of proper STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) training. According to the National Math + Science Initiative, 69% of high school graduates are not prepared for college-level science courses and 54% are not ready to handle college-level math. This educational deficit is made even starker when you realize that only 31% of U.S. college graduates have degrees in STEM fields, compared to 61% in Japan and 51% in China, as outlined in the same report.
At Sutton Garten, we take this problem seriously. Having a highly skilled and knowledgeable team of employees has been one of the main reasons we have stayed at the top of our industry for the past 90 years, so we understand the importance of training.
- Stick Welding
- Oxy/Fuel Cutting
- Mig Welding
- Tig Welding
- Plasma Cutting
If you want to gain the critical skills needed to join the modern workforce, there is no better place than Sutton Garten. We hope to see this training and STEM education grow in other areas of the industry as well.