Skip to comments.German Giant Says US Workers Lack Skills (Siemens)
Posted on 06/20/2011 5:19:51 AM PDT by markomalley
A mismatch in the US labour market between the skills of unemployed people and the jobs available is making it hard for some companies to find the right staff despite an unemployment rate of more than 9 percent, one of the countrys largest manufacturing employers has warned.
Eric Spiegel, chief executive in the US for Siemens, the German engineering group, said the problem exposed weaknesses in education and training in the US. Siemens had been forced to use more than 30 recruiters and hire staff from other companies to find the workers it needed for its expansion plans, even amid an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent
Theres a mismatch between the jobs that are available, at least in our portfolio, and the people that we see out there, Mr Spiegel told the Financial Times. There is a shortage (of workers with the right skills.)
He said Siemens was having to invest in education and training to meet its staffing needs, including apprenticeship programmes of the kind it uses in Germany.
His comments, made before Tim Geithner, the Treasury secretary, visits a Siemens plant in Ohio on Monday, suggest better education and training could help reduce the persistently high US unemployment rate.
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40 years of destroying our own manufacturing base will have that effect.
“...including apprenticeship programmes of the kind it uses in Germany.”
This would seem to be a good thing.
Siemens is one of our main competitors. He’s talking about chemical engineers and hardware and software engineers familiar with fluid process control among other things. Rare talent.
this is rich - the Presient f a Siemens group told a customer to pound sand when his products shut down a hospital...because their software did not work. Gemans send business to American because they can’t fire anyone for any reason. They have not added a single engineering position in the entire country in the last 10 years...all hires are at the American branches.
affirmative action does not produce quality applicants for a position
just check 1600 pennsylvania
but hey, don’t worry... i’m sure all those unemployed are homo friendly, unborn babies are just fetal tissue, white men are greedy/evil, and believe capitalism is the problem.
What a shock!
Siemens finds they need to give their American workers some training—just like they need to give their German workers.
If you have ever interviewed recent college grads or interns, you know that for every good one there are five who are wasting their time going to college.
It is amazing to me how someone can spend a semester in a college level class, pass it, and know nothing about the subject.
Now do you feel better?
Siemens spends billions bribing government officials around the world. Its part of their sales and marketing plan.
Interesting. There was another WAPO article this morning suggesting that many US jobs can’t be filled. I wonder if Obama’s minions in the press are lining up behind him to deflect criticism of management of the economy and joblessness by blaming American workers.
Exactly and they want to pay them squat. I hate Siemens with a passion. They have customer hostile service. One of their sale reps showed up last month trying to sell me their PLC line — which in IMHO is slow clunky and has lousy support. Clear that it wasn’t the first time he had heard that!!
...including apprenticeship programmes of the kind it uses in Germany.
Let’s get with the program and stop bowing to the idol of “Higher Education” and begin to teach children to be responsible, productive ADULTS, instead of perennial students, locked in their peer group pressure.
Give them teachers who have actually DONE something instead of simply living their lives in the classroom for 16 to 20 years before moving to the other side of the desk to become ‘Professors’.
When schools are more determined to teach entitlement values rather than math you get this result.
-——This would seem to be a good thing-——
There is a downside. That is, an apprentice program is like digging a rut. Once in the rut, you have trouble getting out.
The rise of specialized programs in local colleges teaching general skills in very specialized programs that meet the needs of local companies also works very well. To be successful, it requires the collaboration of industry and the college.
World War II era
Preceding World War II, Siemens was involved in funding the rise of the Nazi Party and the secret rearmament of Germany. During the second World War, Siemens supported the Hitler regime, contributed to the war effort and participated in the “Nazification” of the economy. Siemens had many factories in and around notorious concentration camps to build electric switches for military uses. In one example, almost 100,000 men and women from Auschwitz worked in a Siemens factory inside the camp, supplying the electricity to the camp.
In 2010, Barack Obama called for fixing the public education system by giving us the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Race to the Top, which he said would fix the education system already fixed by the 2001 GW Bush and Ted Kennedy legislation called No Child Left Behind, which was supposed to fix a system supposedly already fixed by a 1994 piece of federal legislation called Goals 2000, which was supposed to fix a system already fixed by America 2000, which was a 1991 response during the Bush administration to a 1983 federal report on education called A Nation at Risk, which was published a full four years after Jimmy Carter fixed the nations public school system by first establishing a cabinet-level Department of Education in 1979.
“The companies are leaner and heavily technology-intensive, and require more than a high school diploma.”I have a feeling that he won’t be happy with a PhD in Marxist Sociology or Advanced Queer Studies, either…
Collaboration and commitment. No sense in training in a specialized skill if the industry going to offshore your job for pennies on the dollar.
Our economy cannot survive on service sectors jobs alone. Without someone actually making something then what is there to repair or to service and to sell to other nations?! We have become one of the worlds largest debtor nations in just over 4 decades and it isn't getting any better any time soon. What a shame.
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