Friday, February 05, 2010


Industrial Skills Disappearing

A very short but very significant article, “Skills shortage ‘spells disaster for engineering jobs,’” sounds a warning about the coming shortage of people with the skills to maintain industrial society. Although this article specifically addresses the problem in the UK, the entire industrialized world faces the same challenge of sustaining a pool of skilled engineers and construction workers. In this post from last year I observed that much energy needs to be expended on the education and training for this purpose. But energy-constrained societies will perforce expend less energy on education and training, which virtually assures a decline in the numbers of engineers and skilled workers, and less education and training for each one.

This is one more factor that will help drag industrial civilization down.

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