I'd rather see "more practically adept" going into trades than "less academically adept". But while there's a social stigma attached, it is going to be the people who aren't capable of doing a white-collar job (plus the few who want to do a trade anyway). So the average contractor stays expensive, overworked, and incompetent.
If folks are neither practically adept nor academically adept? No clue. Retail? Unskilled labor until they lose a limb?