Academic Says Employers Should Send Newly Hired Machinists To The Sorbonne And Pay Them Like Thoracic Surgeons If They Want Their Businesses To Thrive

Peter Capelli

Peter CapelliFor two years, Gov. Paul LePage has met with Maine business leaders to discuss the skills gap: the theory that employers have plenty of jobs, but not enough qualified people to fill them. New Democratic leaders in the Legislature recently vowed to tackle the issue, creating a bipartisan committee to meet with “business leaders, work force experts and economists.” But Peter Cappelli has some advice for the governor and legislators: Talk to some of the 51,000 Mainers who don’t currently have a job. “I guarantee that politicians will hear a much different story about the so-called skills gap from the unemployed than they’re hearing from companies,” Cappelli said. Cappelli, a professor of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, may be the nation’s leading skills gap skeptic. As the rumbling about the country’s unskilled work force has risen to a national din, Cappelli has become the country’s contrarian voice, appearing on “60 Minutes,” penning op-eds for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and writing the book “Why Good People Can’t Find Jobs.” (read more at Kennebec Journal)