When it comes to putting more Americans to work, employers' biggest complaint lately is a lack of qualified workers. For many job seekers that's a Catch-22: They need more training to get a job, but need a job to get the training.
It's an issue that affects all types of employment, not just jobs that require a four-year college degree, such as computer programming. Machinists, for example, are in strong demand within several sectors of the U.S. economy. The well-paying, high-tech profession doesn't require that workers have a bachelor's degree but some technical training is needed. Once that level of proficiency is attained, additional skills are usually gained on the job.
Several states, including Ohio and South Carolina, have recently announced initiatives that will help residents of those states gain skills through training programs.
In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich has proposed a plan that reaches deep into the state's K-12 and post-secondary education system, NPR reports. Under the initiative, a newly created workforce development office would examine ways to improve state and local workforce programs and the way in which money should be distributed among them.
At the heart of the governor's plan is a new statewide Office of Workforce Transformation that will help "Ohioans get the training they need to better themselves and fill the occupations that are in demand," Kasich spokeswoman Connie Werkhamp says.
The plan is similar to one set to start next week in South Carolina, reports Spartanburg TV station WSPA.
The Palmetto State is establishing a job-training program to coordinate the efforts of several state agencies to determine the types of skills and training that South Carolina companies need in new employees, Gov. Nikki Haley announced Thursday.
"The number one problem is we have people that need jobs. We have companies that need workers. We're not connecting the dots," says Haley, whose state's unemployment rate stood at 9.5 percent in December. "So the final piece of the puzzle is a trained workforce."
For more on jobs that don't require a college degree, check out this infographic from Mindflash.com, a supplier of online-training programs.
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