Voices for Skills

– [Rick Voiceover] We pick up when the car rolls off the line. Now it's got to go
through a series of checks and that's my job. – Okay, we're gonna
start with your weight. – [Achia Voiceover] I greet
patients, take vital signs. – [Christoper Voiceover] If
it's something that can be fixed the adrenaline rush
of getting it done, it is fun, to me (laughs). – When you think about
staying competitive it really comes down to
having the right workforce, the right skilled
workforce in order to help those businesses thrive. – We have a fundamental
gap in today's economy. We have millions of good
paying, skilled jobs, that are going unfilled. Unfortunately, we as a country just have not prioritized
investing in those people to make it easier for them
to get into those jobs. – It's a strap wrench so you
don't scratch the material. – A four year degree is great, but I really think there
are multiple opportunities and multiple on ramps
to a good career. (upbeat music) – Just a guy born in Kentucky,
grew up in Colorado, went to Indiana State,
right out of college I got snatched up by
State Farm Insurance. After 22 years of
doing insurance I just decided it was
time for a career change. Hey, I used to be
your insurance agent. – That's what I thought
– Yeah. I got burnt out and I decided I'm going to come over here. I'd never been in a
factory, so I went out to get those
additional skills, try to get some type
of foot in the door with the manufacturing education. Got in there and I was like,
this place is pretty amazing. Programs like this help
people get a better leg up, get them to where
they need to be and get them on the right
path that they wanna pursue. (upbeat music) – 48% of our jobs here do not
require a four year degree. But they do require
some type of skill. – The apprenticeship
program has expanded my knowledge like 10 fold. I started out in the lab
working as a phlebotomist. I had no clue as to what
went on on the clinical side. – All right, if you could please
confirm your date of birth. – We're giving them
experience on the job, but they also have
educational experience back at the community college, all while being paid, and
having healthcare insurance available to them and
to their families. – It's made me be
able to be more active in my kids' schooling, I'm
home on the weekends now. We're consistent on
a day-to-day basis. (upbeat music) – Graduated high
school and I started working at a local
grocery store. Worked there for about 15 years and wanted a better
quality of life, and better for my family. The grocery store wages wouldn't
support a family properly. – Industry needs
skilled workers. Meanwhile, we operate
in communities that have need for jobs, and the North Baton Rouge
Industrial Training Initiative puts those two things together. It is such a win-win. We get access to skilled labor. The win for the
community is folks that maybe would not have
had these opportunities, get the opportunities. – Work here has
been really good. A better job helped me
support my family better. Putting my kid through school, getting a house, car, have
a little bit in the bank. It made me think, what if I
had done this 15 years ago? How much better it would be. But it's never too late. (upbeat music) – More than two thirds of
the people in our workforce are looking for some
investments in their skills outside of a four year degree. Voices for Skills
is our effort to make sure that we
value those people just as much as
we value the folks who went on to get a degree. – College isn't for everybody. We all can't go to college. The thing is to have the
opportunities out there, have the options out there. – [Achia Voiceover] Putting
money towards these programs should be a necessity. – Once you get you a trade, you feel better about yourself. Make you pick your head up
and walk with your head high. (upbeat music)

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