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Skills Gap



There’s a skill gap in employment today; employers report that their top reason for recruiting difficulty is applicants do not have the required skills. There are more trade and technical positions open now, than skilled talent to fill them. However, what is often a recruitment struggle for employers is an advantage for skilled candidates. What does that mean for you? Employers want to keep their current skilled trade talent and are finding ways to creatively recruit and keep employees.

Employers may expand their total rewards package for skilled talent to include:

  • Increased wages to meet demand
  • Tuition Reimbursement/Scholarships/Apprenticeship Programs
  • Flexible Work Hours
  • Career Development Plans – Career Paths
  • Employee Referral Bonuses

Agribusinesses are becoming more intentional in their employment planning for skilled trade positions. If your current employer, or potential employer doesn’t discuss these initiatives – ask! Many employers are willing to provide the required training and certifications.

For information on required training for skilled trade positions, check out our Education Profiles.

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