To close skills gap, employers need to ‘get off the bench’

A panel of workforce experts met last week at the Aspen Institute’s Washington, D.C., office to talk about challenges in the skilled trades — why utilities, technical firms, factories and other employers end up with up to 40 open positions on their websites while more than 20 million Americans are hunting for work. Panelists couldn’t agree on a solution — or even, really, over the nature of the problem — but they all seemed to think that more could be done to help dedicated workers find jobs.

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