Filling the gap in worker skills
We repeatedly hear about employers who have job openings yet struggle to find qualified workers. Two Gazette stories last week, however, gave us glimmers of hope that we eventually can fill this skills gap.
First, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce staff members have been traveling the state to seek input from manufacturers. WMC is sharing data from those visits with technical schools and spreading the word that innovation and entrepreneurship are central to today’s manufacturing.
(Full disclosure: Yes, Skip Bliss, our publisher and owner of Bliss Communications, is on WMC’s board of directors).
Second, Blackhawk Technical College is expanding its night classes in accounting, business management, early childhood education and human resources so students can earn associate degrees entirely during evenings.
We’ll share more perspectives on these two developments in our editorial Saturday.