Ohio lawmakers work to close skills gap

Cincinnati Business Courier

Many companies have jobs to fill, but there are few workers who have the training and skills to be hired for them. That’s the problem two Ohio legislators are working to fix.

WCPO reported that Sen. Sherrod Brown hopes to address the problem with legislation that would redirect federal job training funding to communities where industry and educators work together to determine what jobs are available in their area and what training is needed for those positions.

Brown is focusing on the issue because Ohio is expected to create 967,000 job openings requiring postsecondary education or training between 2008 and 2018 but ranks among the top states with shortages in skilled labor.

Sen. Rob Portman is also trying to solve the problem with his own bill that was introduced in April. His plan would make federal training programs more efficient, give community colleges and other educators priority access to that funding and make the programs more accountable by tracking success.

Ohio lawmakers work to close skills gap »