Combating Manufacturing’s Labor Shortage: The Timeless Value of Apprenticeships

Scott Dieckgraefe Insight

As manufacturing and skilled trades continue to grapple with a continuing labor shortage, a solution is drawing attention from a practice deeply rooted in history: apprenticeships. Originating from medieval times, apprenticeships involve direct, hands-on training in specialized skills, offering both theoretical and practical insights. This age-old approach is now resurfacing as a contemporary remedy to address the workforce challenges in …

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Prop R: Great Promise, Unclear Delivery

Scott Dieckgraefe Insight

Letter to the Editor: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (dated December 9, 2021) Now more than ever the St. Louis region needs the fruits of our community colleges. The recently passed Prop R offers an opportunity to properly educate and train tomorrow’s workforce for our region’s major employers, including well-paying careers in manufacturing and trades. While an Oct. 21 report from the …

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The Importance of Manufacturing Workforce Training: The Voters Have Spoken

Scott Dieckgraefe Insight

By Scott Dieckgraefe, President and Founder of Studio/D Voters in St. Louis City and County passed Proposition R last week, a property tax increase to provide additional funding to the St. Louis Community College District for sorely needed career training programs in healthcare, information technology, financial services, biotechnology, and manufacturing. My “Letter to the Editor,” published August 11th in the …