Most employers find talent gap hard to bridge

Job training can be a great way for companies to bridge the talent gap.

According to a recent survey by ManpowerGroup – a Milwaukee-based workforce solutions provider – nearly 49 percent of U.S. employers find it difficult to fill critical positions. While this is slightly lower than the 2011 survey results which found that 52 percent of employers are experiencing issues, the statistic is still a cause for alarm amongst employers and job training officials.

In addition to this, 55 percent of employers say they are having trouble filling roles because of a lack of applicants while 54 percent of respondents say they can't provide positions to applicants because they're demanding more than can be provided.

"Based on the many conversations we have with employers every day, ManpowerGroup recognizes the ongoing challenge business leaders face when looking for the right talent," said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup president of the Americas. "This skills mismatch has major ramifications on employment and business success in the U.S and around the globe. Wise corporate leaders are doing something about it, and we increasingly see that they're developing workforce strategies and partnerships with local educational institutions to train their next generation of workers."

According to the survey, the hardest jobs to fill in the U.S. are:

1. Skilled Trades
2. Engineers
3. IT Staff
4. Sales Representatives
5. Accounting & Finance Staff
6. Drivers
7. Mechanics
8. Nurses
9. Machinists/Machine Operators
10. Teachers.

While many of these positions are learned through apprenticeship programs, most can be provided for with a dynamic and insightful job training program. In fact, by providing new prospects with an online training program, employers can ensure that these hires will become integrated into the regular workflow much more efficiently. This may also, potentially, help ease the prevalent talent gap that many growing companies are experiencing in the American economy. 


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