Non-Traditional Workers Given On-The-Job Training To Fill Skilled Positions

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In recent years, emphasis has been put on high school students pursuing a college education vs a technical or vocational career which has led to declining enrollment in vocational training.  Currently, there is a shortage of skilled workers in these fields and it is having an impact on businesses ability to complete jobs and grow their business.


Finding new workers to train during low-unemployment is a difficult task.  Encouraging non-traditional workers to consider a career in these fields is one tactic being used to find and train workers.  New Ventures Maine, an organization that offers free, one-day Totally Trades! conferences, encourages young women to pursue a non-traditional career.  Supported by local businesses such as Hardypond Construction, these conferences provide hands-on experience to pique the interest of girls early in their education and give them an option to consider in a non-traditional career.


The article in Maine Women Magazine, discusses the overall issue of skilled workers. Deirdre Wadsworth, President of Hardypond Construction and a member of the Advisory Counsil for New Ventures, discusses her involvement with Totally Trades!, her message to girls to “be brave” and consider a non-traditional career as she did.

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