WASHINGTON. The perception that trucking is composed of burly men manhandling big vehicles is on its way out. That's at least part of the perception the industry is pushing forward to recruit more workers. Right now the industry needs to fill 50,000 empty seats with drivers, and that number is only expected to grow.
The federal government has been cracking down on for-profit trade schools that leave students with heavy debt loads but no marketable trade or job skill. Singling out the so-called career colleges for their failures may be politically popular, and justified in many cases, but it's not entirely fair, any more than [...]
The American workforce is at a tipping point. According to Pew Research Center , Millennials (adults ages 18-34) make up 1 in 3 American workers, and this year, they will surpass baby boomers and Gen Xers to become the largest generation in the workforce.
There's no doubt: Manufacturers today are stuck between a rock and hard place. On the one hand, many face an aging workforce that may retire without sharing key knowledge. In fact, the Pew Research Center predicts that 10,000 baby boomers will retire each day over the next 19 years.