Survey: training key to re-entering workforce

Finding and landing your dream job can be tough. Not surprisingly, one of the biggest hurdles to doing so is a lack of experience and training.

According to a survey conducted on behalf of the American Staffing Association, 40 percent of unemployed U.S. adults are looking for work.

These folks remain optimistic about their work future despite being unemployed, on average, for just over three years.

Nearly three in four (72%) are confident that they will find a job within the next year.

On the other hand, these job seekers say that training is critical to their ability to re-enter the workforce.

Four in five (82%) say training would increase their chances of receiving job offers, and nearly nine in 10 (88%) would be willing to work in a new field if training were provided.

With the national unemployment rate at 5 percent at the moment, employers are struggling to find workers.

That labor gap, in part, is the result of a skills gaps.

In releasing the result of the survey, Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer, said he believes employers can help. “Companies can — and should — tap into this large and growing segment of the population by investing in training to help fill the millions of job openings in the U.S.,” he said.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, which is why many employers turn to temporary staffing agencies to help them fill their labor gap.

At Apprentice Personnel, we place employees who possess solid experience in your industry. We’re able to maintain this standard of excellence through a comprehensive screening process that includes careful resume evaluation and extensive skills assessment.

About the Author

Will Temby

Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.

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