State leaders say apprenticeships are key to improving Kentucky's workforce

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s a quandary for many Kentucky employers. Companies around the state who have job openings often have a hard time finding applicants who are skilled enough to take the open positions.

A group of business leaders from across the state gathered in Lexington Wednesday to discuss ways to improve Kentucky’s workforce.

"Workforce development is something of a hot topic across the state, across the country and across the world. We are in desperate need of employees,” said Commissioner of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet Ervin Dimeny.

Officials with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet believe apprenticeships can bridge the gap in that divide.

Whether a job seeker is a veteran, unemployed, a student or a second chance applicant, apprenticeships can often provide the necessary skills a person needs to re-renter the workforce.

"And Kentucky definitely benefits, the more people, the more employment, we have the healthier the state is,” Dimeny said.

It can also help provide clarity for students seeking higher education.

Why not learn a skill and go to college to make it better instead of going to college to find out what to do with life,” Dimeny said.

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