Local manufacturers: ‘Bring back apprenticeships’

Business leaders discuss automation, workforce development in changing economy

May 10, 2017 By Stephen Elliott
Nashville Post

There aren’t enough high-skill workers to sustain a growing domestic manufacturing industry, according to local business leaders in part responsible for that growth.

“You’ve got to start teaching people. Companies have to go back and invest in people,” said Jeff Turner (pictured), CEO of Turner Machine Co. “We quit doing that. We started just hiring our competition, we started hiring the best, and we started stealing people. That has to be reinvented — the internships, the apprenticeships, they have to be reinvented.”

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