I´m a bluecollar worker myself (albeit one with a position in what Marx would call the worker´s aristocracy and with some university education, though never got a degree and a thorough vocational education). If I look at many of our mechanics, I don´t know if I would want to be governt by these types. For many their interests in world matters end with the weekly football (soccer) results, the seminude big-titted girl on page one of the tabloid newspaper and the prices for beer in Mallorca.
The female version of these is interested mainly what socalled celebrities are doing and the latest TV
Back in the late 19th century, first half of the 20th century you had worker´s educational clubs (often connected to their trade unions), where workers would meet in their freetime to learn. They would e.g. invite university professors to hold lectures about fields of interests (this could be anything from politics to the, at this time new, topics of theory of relativity and quantum physics). At this time education was seen as a way to get forward and through these clubs workers, who else could not afford a formal higher level eduucation, could learn something.
But the days of these clubs are gone.