Speaker of the House: Indiana facing the “skills challenge”

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It used to be that when you got out of high school and had a strong back, you could find a job that fed the family. That’s not quite how it works anymore, and Indiana may be a little behind because some potential workers aren’t learning the skills they need to get good jobs in the 21st century.

“More than 70% of those with a college degree are in the workforce, barely 50% of those with only a high school diploma,” said Kevin Brinegar, president and chief executive officer. of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, in an interview with IndyPolitics.

He calls the situation a “skills challenge.” This means that many of the highest paying jobs, the ones that might keep people interested in working, require some form of post-secondary education.

That means Indiana has work to do to prepare your kids for the kind of jobs the state has to offer, like robotics, app and tech start-ups, and agri-science.

“Improving the skills of our adult workforce, better preparing young people for life after high school,” he said. “Some post-secondary education, whether full college degrees or industry-recognized certificates, specialized training, etc., will be necessary for the world of work here in the 21st century.”

Brinegar said even now Indiana faces a labor shortage, like much of the world, and with record unemployment, which means there are fewer people looking for jobs. ‘a job.

But, you feel the pain not only of labor shortages, but also of inflation and high gas prices, Brinegar said.

“Inflationary pressures are real and making things difficult, especially for small businesses, as well as fuel prices,” he said.

He said high petrol prices, although they have come down, and high diesel costs mean that delivering goods is more expensive. Trucks and trains must have this expensive fuel. This cost is passed on to you.

Brinegar said businesses in the state, as a whole, are doing well. But, high costs are now or will take their toll.