Around the Institute

The Challenge of Finding, Training and Placing Workers in Skilled Trades Positions

February 7, 2013

For a number of years, employers have expressed concerns about the Skills Gap – the perceived lack of qualified employees to fill the positions that employers have available. Employers in the skilled trades express these concerns as frequently as employers in other industries. Given the integral role manufacturing, energy, construction and other industries that use skilled labor play in our economy, this mismatch of skills to employment is a vital concern. To address this mismatch, changes in policy and behavior will be required not only of educational institutions and student/workers, but also of employers.