When we talk about joblessness in Michigan, it’s important to recognize that jobs are available. The problem is finding qualified workers with the correct talent to take those jobs. We have 1000’s of skilled-trade openings for carpenters, auto mechanics, electricians, plumbers, masons, and the list goes on.
Employers in Michigan are screaming for workers. Wages are rising with the workforce shortage!
As we look for solutions, we need to research ways to motivate and train workers in skilled trades so they qualify for jobs that are available. We also need to help potential workers realize that any job is important to help prepare them for the future.
All able-bodied individuals should be working, looking for work, or obtaining education. The Vocational Village in our prison system is a positive program that is preparing prisoners to have a skilled trade when they exit the prison system.
As governor, I would bring back vocational training in our school system. This will require alternative certification to get skilled trades individuals into the classroom.
If we want Michigan to thrive, we need to develop initiatives that will prepare people to reap the benefits of productivity.
Paid for by Dr. Jim Hines for Governor; P.O. Box 5595, Saginaw, MI 48603