The reasons are myriad. At no other time has the United States had so many job vacancies — six million. At the same time, there are over six million unemployed Americans seeking work. A "skills gap" may not explain this situation completely, but it shows that many potential employees do not offer what employers desire.
The matter is rather urgent. With technological advances, like self checkout, kiosks at fast food restaurants, and driverless cars on the way, today's jobs available for low-skilled workers today may not be tomorrow's available jobs. We must find ways to improve the skills of the workforce.
One solution that could win bipartisan support is the expansion of access to apprenticeship and skills training opportunities, a plan put forward by new Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. "There is no reason why apprenticeships should be limited to the trades," Acosta recently wrote in the Des Moines Register. "CEOs across the financial services, information technology and business services industries have expressed interest in expanding the apprenticeship model.Read more at The Washington Examiner