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KRUSE REPORT: Training our “Middle-Skill” Workers
Start Date: 12/17/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/17/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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By State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn)

In recent years, it has become clear that the needs and demands of America’s job market are changing. Now more than ever, employers expect workers to be trained before they begin their new jobs. However, in some fields, prospective employees are not learning the skills expected of them.

Recently, I had the opportunity to present the 2012-2014 platform for the Indiana Institute for Working Families’ Skills2Compete Coalition – a bipartisan group of state leaders focused on combating the skills gap and lack of credential attainment among our state’s adult workforce. In a recent study, the Coalition found there is a growing demand for “middle-skill” jobs, but not enough trained workers to meet this demand.

According to the report, middle-skill jobs currently represent the largest share of occupations in Indiana – approximately 55 percent – and will make up nearly half of projected employment opportunities over the next few years. By 2016, “high-skill” jobs are expected to account for 26 percent of openings, and jobs only requiring a high school diploma will comprise 24 percent of available positions.

However, the Coalition’s study discovered that between 1990 and 2005, educational attainment among middle-skill workers increased by just 0.6 percent. This is projected to grow to only 2.1 percent by 2020, far below the growth rate of middle-skill jobs.

This growth in demand has also led to a rapid increase in wages for middle-skill occupations. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs – a list of high-growth professions – included a number of middle-skill careers, such as dental hygienist, registered nurse and sales representative. These jobs require an associate’s degree or less and pay well above the state’s median income.

A lack of funding and resources often bar individuals from gaining the job training or education necessary to obtain a middle-skill job. To remedy this, the Coalition proposed the following goals:

  • Allow part-time students greater access to state financial aid
  • Improve credit transferability between schools and state agencies through a Cross-Agency Credential Measurement system
  • Provide more assistance to students who commute to class by allowing vehicles to be included in Individual Development Accounts – matched savings accounts that help people save toward a lifelong asset.

The Coalition also encouraged expansion of middle-skill job training programs. By accessing these programs in middle school and high school, students can gain essential skills to help them explore career options and more easily transition into full-time jobs, keeping them competitive in a growing pool of global candidates.

Adding more employer-sponsored programs could also improve skills among Indiana’s workforce, the Coalition said. It proposed establishing more Lifelong Learning Accounts – employer-matched, portable savings accounts for education and training – and on-the-job training opportunities. Doing so would help reduce the overall costs that accompany gaining new job skills.

The Skills2Compete Coalition’s goals are excellent ideas to improve the skill level of our workforce. If we want to keep up with the demands of new businesses and industries, we must focus on ensuring our workers are ready for the jobs ahead of them. In the long-run, these objectives will help Indiana continue to stand out in the global economy as a place where companies can find trained, prepared employees.

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Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
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