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In-Demand Jobs Week Spurs Workforce Development

In-Demand Jobs Week Spurs Workforce Development

One of the top issues our state faces is the disconnect between education and career readiness, demonstrating the importance of workforce development. Currently, there exists a gap between working-age adults and the degrees and skills necessary to be successful in the current and future labor market. My goal in the legislature is to reduce that gap, thereby filling open jobs and helping Ohioans obtain fulfilling careers.

We must make our students aware of the options available to them, and In-Demand Jobs Week helps do just that. Held during the first full week of May each year, this event encourages community leaders to plan activities that raise awareness among students and job seekers. The week celebrates the jobs and industries that are in-demand in Ohio and have the potential for growth. This communicates to students and parents alternative pathways they can take to a position that needs filled immediately.

From electrical engineers to cement masons, Ohio has more than 200 in-demand occupations, all which are promoted through In-Demand Jobs Week. Not only is this week an aid to students and those in the job market, but it is also an opportunity for educators and employers. Many times, educators aren’t sure how to best engage students on this topic in the classroom, but this event gives them a chance to focus on the industries that need skilled workers now and into the future.

For employers, local businesses are able to open their doors from May 7th through May 11th and interact with the talent that exists right here in our communities. Companies can spread the word about their own needs and what the industry is looking for. Ohio has a wealth of capable workers who are ready to work hard and earn a living, and businesses need to take advantage of this week to build a network of potential employees.

Our economy is strong, but we still need to plan for the future by making sure the students of today are trained for the jobs of tomorrow. Through Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week, we can hope to bridge the gap between a labor force wanting for skilled workers and recent graduates searching for a well-paying job. By making those critical connections, Ohio will be strengthened by its successful businesses and satisfied workers.

Paid for by Friends of Bill Reineke:
C. D. English, Treasurer
122 Sunny Lane Tiffin, Ohio 44883
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