LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- While the Louisville area unemployment rate remains around eight percent, some manufacturing jobs go begging. But there is a program in Louisville designed to train workers to get such jobs.
Detrick Trotter is one of about a dozen people enrolled in a four-week class to become a certified production technician at the Kentucky Career Center at the Airport Industrial Center in South Louisville. He hopes to land a manufacturing job after completing his training.
"I've been hearing that manufacturing is trying to pick up here in Kentucky and in Louisville and I want to get in on it," says Trotter.
In fact, 14,000 new manufacturing jobs have been added in the region during the past three years. But there is often a mismatch between the work that companies need and the skills that workers have.
So this program is trying to solve that problem.
"We have training classes available," explains Michael Gritton, the executive director of KentuckianaWorks, the local job training agency. "They are free at the moment, as long as the federal money holds out, and we are actively looking to work with employers to try to find skilled people to come into those classes, get them through four weeks of training and place them in manufacturing jobs."
Gritton says his agency is working with 18 companies that currently are looking for skilled workers.
In addition to the training, career counselors are also available to help the job seekers.
"Those career counselors can work with you one on one," adds Gritton, "to help you put together a resume, to help you apply to all of the companies we know of in the area who are actually looking for candidates."
Trotter says he's been helped by the counselors. "The staff here has been helping me with job leads with all of the major companies in town, I definitely feel good about landing somewhere," he says.
Participants have to pass a reading and math test before enrolling in the classes.
September and October classes are full, but KentuckianaWorks is now taking applications for November and beyond.
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