The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s education and workforce initiative promoting outstanding talent and a skilled workforce.

Katie Coffin
Programs Assistant at Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Last week we posted general findings from the 2014 Ready Indiana Employer Survey. This is an important project for us because it is Indiana Chamber members telling us how we can best serve them in terms of education and workforce development issues. 

There were a couple of key findings that we want to pull out, and one of them is the number of employers who are not satisfied with the soft skills of applicants and new hires. 

We asked, “Which of the following skills are the most challenging to find among your job applicants and new hires?” We gave them 11 choices, a mix of academic and soft skills. We were surprised – each of the soft skills had more selections than ANY of the academic- or industry-specific skills options. 

Here are the Top 5 selections of the most challenging skills for employers to find among applicants and new hires. We surveyed 532 employers. 

1) Work ethic (291) 
2) Communication (228) 
3) Attendance/punctuality (226) 
4) Problem solving (225) 
5) Cooperation/team work (178) 

How do we increase the emphasis on soft skills? Ready Indiana and the Indiana Chamber talk about this trend when we are out in the community to encourage schools, parents and students to focus on improving soft skills. IndianaSkills.com houses data on soft-skill demand from Indiana employers >>http://indianaskills.com/top_10_lists.php?type=baseline 

One exciting development is the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s plan to reinstate the Work Ethic Certificate in high schools. It will serve as a validation to employers that those students possessing this credential have successfully displayed strong work habits. Almost half of our respondents said they would value such a credential in the hiring process. 

View the results from the Ready Indiana Employer Survey here >>http://www.indianachamber.com/media/2014_Employer_Survey_Results.pdf 

Thank you for following the Ready Indiana group! We encourage you to also follow us on Twitter (@readyindiana). 

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IndianaSkills.comaims to bridge the gap between the types of training and credentials people are pursuing in Indiana and the skills being requested by our state’s employers. The site provides information on employer demand for specific jobs, skills and certifications compared to the supply of graduates completing short-term training (two years or less beyond high school) related to these jobs, skills and certifications.

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