There’s a paradox in today’s job market: even though there are millions of people looking for work, employers say they can’t find enough qualified workers. That’s due to an abundance of what economists call “middle skills” jobs – jobs that require specialized training beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree. This week on the podcast, we speak to one of the authors of a new report from Harvard Business School examines this skills gap and suggests how businesses and educators can work together to solve the problem. And we present a story by ARW correspondent Emily Hanford about how one company is trying to bridge the gap in America’s middle skills job market. (This story originally aired on APM’s Marketplace).
Robots do a lot of the work in advanced manufacturing plants like this Toyota factory in Kentucky. But there are still thousands of people directly involved in the production process. (Photo: Emily Hanford)