Workforce Development Organization Takes New Approach to Filling Local Jobs | Saint-Louis news headlines


ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – In St. Louis, 43 percent of open jobs are in the skilled labor market. That’s a 6% increase since 2019, according to the 2021 State of the Workforce report.

STL Works, a workforce development collaboration, notices this and offers more opportunities to fill these jobs.

“We are working with 13 school districts in the area, from the City of St. Louis, creating compensation and learning programs, to Afton as well as the Rockwood School District. We have students earning while they’re in high school, “said Art McCoy, head of STL Works.” In St. Louis, only 7 percent of 14 to 21 year olds are in the workforce, so this initiative addresses this problem by closing the gap.

Through the program, high school students in the region can connect with businesses in the trades sector and obtain on-the-job education and training. They expect to connect 3,000 high school students in the region to jobs in five main industries, including advanced manufacturing and healthcare.

Sam Sanders has been an electrician with Mitek Industries for five years.

“We build machines from scratch,” Sanders said. However, he doubted going to college.

“But what I wanted to do was face what I was always doing. I was always thinking about something. I was working on cars,” Sanders said.

He attended Ranken Technical College for two years and Mitek’s tuition reimbursement program plans to return. Mitek staff want to bring this opportunity to more people, in collaboration with STL Works.

“We supply parts and software to the global construction industry, and as a lot of people know, it’s an industry that has needed a lot more this year,” said Rachel Seward, Supervisor and President of Mitek. at Cooperate Communications.

At present, they have over 50 positions open in the St. Louis area.

“So by coming to this place, you can either have a certification or some sort of training that you’ve received, or no training at all, and you can do on-the-job training here and get training,” Seward said. .

With more job openings resulting from the pandemic, Seward says there is more need for workforce development to be part of education. After logging in, McCoy says that every student has pretty much a guaranteed job, much like Sanders did.

Sanders encourages young people like him to take advantage of the opportunities that exist.

“Reach out to the people around you because so many people around you may be a skilled worker or a trade,” Sanders said. “Get out. There is no reason to stay home.”

Anyone wishing to participate in this opportunity or connect with other jobs can visit the STL works website.

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