The conversation about the aging U.S. workforce and skills shortage has been discussed with increased volume over the last two decades. The forecast statements of the 80's and 90's are now a reality. Our baby boomer generation is retiring and we need to effectively manage their departure from the labor force with adequate skill replacement.
There are many elements to this transition that I won't cover; however, I would like to direct your attention to an article by Bob Williamson in the January issue of Maintenance Technology magazine. In part 1 of his 2 part series, “Growing Your Own”, Bob provides a framework for growing and developing skilled technicians. He also outlines a 7-step process for assessing the skills and abilities of current employees and new hires. This is a timely and useful article. Read the full article