FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - When it comes to the work force, Adam Welch with Greater Fort Wayne says there are long term and short term goals.
Welch says long term goals include things like quality of life projects, and focusing on downtown and the urban core. Short term, he says is focusing on students.
"That includes going into the high schools and speaking to these kids, which is what we're doing along with our partners in the private sector with the education partners and the Northeast Indiana Works where we are changing the perception of these skilled trades from both the guidance counselors, the teachers, the parents and the students."
Welch says that companies who hire skilled workers are a major component to our workforce. Welch says companies won't be able to grow without people able and willing to fill jobs.
"I think some employers with each expansion project they're working on, they're estimating the number of jobs they're going to have, and it's getting to a point where with each company that grows you start to ask yourself how are all of these jobs going to be filled? Where are all these people going to come from? and the answer is simple. The answers are going to come from the youth that's in our high schools right now."
Welch says students will most likely go down whatever path their mentors suggest for them and that promoting skilled jobs can benefit us all in the long run.
"If we are able to fill these jobs it does nothing but help every other sector from retail to luxury items all the way down to home ownership."