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The trades class up

Much has changed in the way the workers who build America, from its toilets to skyscrapers, are trained. But perhaps the biggest effect on the future workforce is the undeniable gravity of age: As baby boomer blue-collar workers reach retirement age, some experts worry there won't be enough skilled workers like Kottas training to replace them...

When the supervisor climbed down to check the work, Kottas passed one of the thousands of unwritten tests in an education process that is among the oldest on Earth: the apprenticeship....

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