In my business, we see an aging workforce. This will cause a need for skilled labor in the next 5-10 years, mainly for programmers, machinists and general laborers. It’s going to be even more competitive as more “Baby Boomers” retire.
Finding the right person takes time. In our area, we have a good public job agency, and the state of Ohio also offers training reimbursement. Entry-level is the toughest. We can’t “afford” or need college graduates for all job openings. At the same time, we need experience.
Our community recognizes the upcoming labor problem and has begun to address it with various solutions. One solution is to engage educators and employers in the conversation. Our public school system is creating Career Academies where grade schools and high schools introduce students to career paths. Some involve advanced education, some do not. This is in its early stages, but it’s a start!