Higher education levels and low unemployment rates typify our workforce and are increasing. Skill levels of all types are represented.
Higher education rates and local certification programs through vocational training are the strengths of our workforce. Our local colleges offer several programs and a smorgasbord of opportunity.
As in all areas and cultures, essential skills training is a necessity and priority for our workforce. Currently there is a push for welding and HVAC and plumbing to fill the aging workforce gaps in our region. The Conover Education Center now offers welding for day and night programs, HVAC and Plumbing are coming fall 2020. BCTC offers welding, electrical and industrial maintenance another high demand profession in our area.
A variety of programs are in place to help with the workforce issues. Senior Seminar and Middle School Connections are just two of the programs that introduce students to options and needs, as well as skill set needed in the workforce. Trailblazer Academy, Mercer Adult Education, The Conover Education Center of Campbellsville University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College all have training available for most all employment areas.
The most recent statistics has the Mercer Co. unemployment rate at 4.9%.