Jobs go unfilled because workers lack needed skills

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Manufacturing companies are having trouble filling jobs even during this time of high unemployment.

Companies say they have to pay to train workers because not enough prospective employees are getting the skills they need from schools in Indiana. Aircraft parts and maintenance provider AAR Corp. in Indianapolis has started its own program to train sheet
metal workers.

Indiana Manufacturers Association Vice President Brian Burton
says it's a common problem. Businesses say the skills in shortest
supply include tool and die workers, welders, robot technicians,
mechanics and sheet metal workers.

Part of the problem is the changing face of the industry. The
days of dirty factories with low-skilled workers have given way to
companies that need employees with math skills and the ability to
use technology and high-end electronics.

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