Mike Rowe addresses U.S. Congress
Of course, he cleaned up a bit for his appearance before the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, but don’t hold that against him. He got their attention, and his message about skilled workers and the struggle to fill hundreds of thousands of trades, utilities, transportation, and manufacturing positions is well worth sharing.
“In general, people are surprised that high unemployment can exist at the same time as a skilled labor shortage…
…we talk about creating millions of shovel-ready jobs for a society that doesn’t really encourage people to pick up a shovel.”
Listen as he draws Congress and the folks attending the hearing in describing his grandfather, a Master Electrician and jack-of-all-trades in Baltimore.
Rowe said, “For most of my life, my grandad woke up clean, and came home dirty, and in between he accomplished some things that were nothing short of miraculous… basically he could fix or build anything.”
“I had become disconnected from a lot of things that really used to fascinate me growing up. I no longer thought where my food came from, or how my electricity worked, or who fixed my pipes, or who made my clothes…
…I believe that we need a national PR Campaign for skilled Labor – like a big one. Something that addresses the widening skills gap head-on, and reconnects the country with the most important part of our workforce.”
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