Southwest Minnesota employers are struggling to fill open positions, especially for skilled workers. Many of our region’s businesses are poised for growth because of the demand for the quality goods and services they produce, but finding the workforce to fill the jobs has been a road block.
The good news is that employers, educators and regional organizations like Southwest Initiative Foundation are coming up with innovative ways to train and hire workers, right here in our region.
You can read about a recent example in the Worthington Daily Globe. JBS, a pork processor in Worthington, partnered with Minnesota West Community and Technical College to create a one-year industrial maintenance program. Last week, five young men graduated from the program. JBS provided scholarships and full-time positions. With hands-on experience, these workers are ready for the job.
Maybe you have children, grandchildren, or neighbors who are thinking about their future as they kick off another school year. Encourage them to look locally for opportunities. We have wonderful companies who are eager to “grow our own” when it comes to our next generation of employees and leaders.