Local educators, employers partner to provide pathways to the trades

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

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“Workforce shortage” may seem like a recent media catchphrase that gets blamed for all manner of things, from why you can’t get your new car on time to why you wait on hold for more than an hour to schedule an appointment. But the current labor shortage was a challenge that many foresaw years ago, particularly local employers in healthcare, manufacturing and the trades. [Oncoming] Baby Boomers retiring, lower birth rate trends and younger generations moving away from the region all pointed to a labor shortage that the pandemic only brought to a head much faster and more acutely than anyone foresaw.

And as the last two years of the pandemic begin to fade into what most people are hoping to call the “post-pandemic era,” the pandemic continues to challenge the global and local supply chain and workforce shortage. 

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