We're also not learning the skills at school which would prepare us for these jobs anymore: things like welding, or carpentry.
It's a problem not just because young people could be earning more, faster, but because there aren't enough people to fill the manufacturing jobs that need doing. Half of manufacturing workers are 45 or older, a third are over 55. There are two jobs available for every hire made.
Companies are doing what they can to improve the image of their industry, offering apprenticeships in 'digifacturing', or data-driven manufacturing.