Northern Kentucky has a robust manufacturing industry, representing 77% of all goods-producing sectors in the Commonwealth. And, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, manufacturing will continue to grow in the Bluegrass State.
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America has people without jobs, but it also has jobs without people – about 5.6 million of them. Why can't those jobs be filled? Because job candidates lack the required skills. We call this situation the skills gap.
Kansas understands that succeeding in the workforce relies heavily on receiving quality training; but, deciding on what skills and competencies should be prioritized in the classroom without the input of the business community can prove to be difficult.
It’s officially spring. And this means we are getting close to graduation ceremonies all across the country. Over the next several weeks, college campuses will finalize commencement speakers, students will cram for final exams, and employers will seek new talent to enhance their workforce.
Job fields that require a specific skill set are feeling the effects of the skills gap most. Manufacturing companies such as Danville Metal Stamping in Illinois are struggling to fill jobs for this very reason, and are being forced to implement in-house training programs.
One of the most critical issues you will tackle as the 45th president of the United States is providing equal access to opportunity for Americans.
“You need to have the best possible people available.”
Efforts to bridge the nation’s skills gap through employer-led solutions got a big boost on March 23, with the awarding of a $2.5 million grant to fund an expanded Talent Pipeline Management initiative.
Alcoa is putting TPM strategies to work in Illinois. (Photo by Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce)