You should have been aware of these facts for some time now. You know there is a vast list of competing priorities. The first you refer to is the lack of skilled tradespersons. No there isn’t. You need to confirm your hunches as to why there is a shortage. Keeping them in the trade will be the problem. The business model needs some adjusting in conjunction with governments regarding business and labor.
The disparity you speak of has been well documented. The shortage should be answered by finding out where everyone went to. This in conjunction with the exponential explosion of building changes due in part to energy problems has contributed to the lack of a skilled work force. The lack of the supply of people willing to dedicate themselves to the trade is indicative of the aforementioned reason as to where the trained tradespersons have disappeared to. And your analysis of it seems to be true.
You will need to be the leader of this movement. This may require involvement of many levels of consultants; business, labor, suppliers, designers and so on. I do not know what is happening in the E.U. Countries, but looking in that direction should be a possible priority.
Supporting these crafts is very important for the country. Without skilled crafts to perform such functions the society we appreciate so much will diminish.
Your Neighbor to the North. Good Luck.
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