Recently a report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and University of Phoenix was released providing insight on the skills gap between the current workforce and the needs of employers. According to the report, 53% of the employers surveyed say that are still struggling to find non-management positions with the skills and training needed to fill the position. This study, entitled Life in the 21st Century Workforce: A National Perspective, is one more report that emphasizes the need for skills training necessary to fill open positions.
In the science and technology world, H1B Visas are in hot demand. H1B’s allow companies to import talent from other countries to fill a particular talent need. According to WashingtonTechnology.com, H1B visa can reach the cap of 60,000 visas in hours. So where are the skills in this country?
Along with the surging need for technology firms to import talent, the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) have also identified specific skill gaps in organizations, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLR). According ASTD and BLR, “Management, scientific, and technical consulting services will grow 78 percent”. The need for individuals with particular training and education is ever increasing.
So while unemployment remains at 9.1% in September in the US and 9.9% in Illinois, employers have ready jobs available. The employers are just looking for particular talent that is not in the unemployment line. So those in the unemployment line, are you ready to retool? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the area that seems to have the most growth is Health Care. Information Technology is another area but this may require advance degrees.
For those who are considering retooling, you might want to pick out the companies you would like to work for like Boeing, Motorola Solutions or Sears in the Chicago area and see what jobs are available. Understanding what jobs are available for organizations you want to work for will help you to consider the type of retooling you need. Another source is the Illinois Department of Employment Security which can also help you to determine how to retool. Finally, if you are interested in health care you might try a site like HealthCareJobsChicago.com or you can select a healthcare organization you would like to work for and see what openings they have, for example Advocate Healthcare.
Putting America back to work includes initiatives on local Chicagoans part. It is time to retool Illinois!