Sen. Donnelly touring state to close “skills gap”

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U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is working to close the “skills gap” in the state.

The Democrat said there are more than 600,000 good-paying jobs open right now across the nation, because those looking for jobs are not qualified for them.

Donnelly is on a statewide tour, visiting colleges, factories and other employers to make sure proper training is being offered. That way, every Hoosier who wants a job, can have one.

“Everything is so much more technical now… We can’t just have somebody walk right in and do the position,” said Donnelly. “They need to bring a certain defined set of skills and that is what we are trying to do, to make sure that here in Indiana we have the best trained and most skilled workforce in the country.”

Senator Donnelly said that most of these unfilled positions pay an upwards of $20 an hour with benefits.

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  • Jason Sprenger

    Skills gaps are emerging in today's economy, and a solution that’s proven to make a difference in helping the economy thrive is investing in career and technical education (CTE). CTE programs, whether at the secondary, post-secondary or other educational level, boost student achievement and deliver increased career and earning potential. CTE also produces workers for the open jobs of today, and boosts business productivity and economic status as a result. It's great to see this happening in Indiana, because it's bound to have a positive impact.

    The Industry Workforce Needs Council is a new organization of businesses working together to spotlight skills gaps and advocate/kick off CTE programs that work to curb the problem. For more information, or to join the effort, visit

    Jason Sprenger, for the IWNC

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