Shortage of skilled labor a symptom of story telling

The skilled labor shortage comes from the story telling that external educational systems are failing the deliver desired skills. We introduced the story telling initially to motivate a recommendation to improve education. Unfortunately, the story became part of the evidence and data so that future decision making considers education (external skill development) to be their primary challenge. The story obscures other opportunities that they can pursue, such as identifying promising talent to train for a more challenge and difficult challenge that remains unfilled.