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man in hard hat wiring a panel The new blue-collar labor force will need four “distinctively more human” core competencies: complex reasoning, social and emotional intelligence, creativity and certain forms of sensory perception. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s hiring day at Rolls Royce’s jet-engine plant near Petersburg, Virginia. Twelve candidates are divided into three teams and given the task of assembling a box. Twelve Rolls Royce employees stand around them, one assigned to each candidate, taking notes.

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