Programs Assistant at Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Quite often we go to conferences and listen to employers talk about the troubles they have filling their workforces. Many times we hear an iteration of the same plea: “Just give me someone who will show up on time and work hard! We’ll provide the rest!”
But at the Align, Engage, Advance conference last month, Mason Bishop of WorkEd Consulting says that’s no longer specific enough. In fact, it’s helping perpetuate the disconnect between what employers need and what skills schools focus on.
We need to integrate industry-recognized skills into curricula. We need to help students earn in-demand credentials before graduation. We need to begin career pathway planning with students earlier.
But in order for all of this to happen, we need employers to be specific about what they need in their workforce. Reinforcing the importance of soft skills is good, but in order to truly increase the quality of Indiana’s workforce, schools need to know what training to focus on.
Ready Indiana and IndianaSkills.com exist to advocate for a skilled workforce and provide resources to all interest groups to make that happen. Visit www.readyindiana.org and www.indianaskills.com.
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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.