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Ford: Skilled Trades Training

When Ford Motor Co. added several thousand skilled tradesmen over the past year, it had to hire most of them away from other carmakers.
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When Ford Motor Co. added several thousand skilled tradesmen over the past year, it had to hire most of them away from other carmakers.

The reason, says Jim Tetreault, vice president of manufacturing in North America, is that U.S. apprentice programs to train future skilled manufacturing workers have shrunk.

Tetreault urges U.S. carmakers, unions and the federal government to help reestablish skilled trades training programs to help the U.S. compete with countries such as Mexico and Germany, where such programs are well established.

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