Workforce Development is a hot topic currently to both businesses and education. Employers are experiencing difficulties finding candidates. Even though they are willing to train new workers through apprenticeships and on-the-job training, the challenge continues. We really can’t afford for our future workforce to wander for years after their schooling; they need to have a definite path to start their post high school life — even if it changes.

Different factors have contributed to this shortage, such as low unemployment locally and nationally, causing employers to steal workers to keep their heads afloat. U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years. Adding to that, baby boomers are retiring, leaving a gap between the experienced employee and the newcomer.

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Original article posted on by Susan Zelnio on Jan 30, 2020