Back to Work: Training programs address worker shortages

One program aims to fill the certified nursing assistant shortage, while another trains to become welders

The number of new jobless claims for the week ending April 3 came in higher than anticipated. The total reported by the Department of Labor was 744,000. That’s higher than the 694,000 expected in a Dow Jones survey of economists.

WorkingNation is always looking at stories addressing how different parts of the country are trying to get unemployed people back into the workforce.

Here is some of what we found this week:

From California: LAist reports there is high demand to fill open jobs for certified nursing assistants in southern California.

From Georgia: WTOC reports training starts next month in Savannah to teach people the skills to get into the construction industry.

From Kentucky: Spectrum News 1 reports a German manufacturer of automotive electronics is investing in an existing Louisville facility and will create more than 200 jobs.

From Michigan: MSU Today reports virtual training is being offered to paramedics and EMTs to improve patient care and outcomes.

From Puerto Rico: Solar Power World reports the town of Castañer has been selected for a solar energy microgrid project that will result in 120 new jobs.

From the Virgin Islands: The St. Thomas Source reports the launch of a virtual work readiness program targeting at-risk youth.

From Washington: WSU Insider reports a remote worker certification program will help rural residents gain opportunity in the digital workplace.

From West Virginia: Daily Mail WV reports a recent grant award will expand advanced welding training in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky to help fill a welder shortage.

February 15: Back to Work: Programs are using virtual reality to train workers
February 8: Back to Work: Opportunities in cybersecurity, manufacturing, and transportation
January 25: Back to Work: Opportunities in health care and medical science
January 11: Back to Work: Hiring and training across the country, including in the manufacturing sector
December 28: Back to Work: New jobs programs designed to help members of the military
December 21: Back to Work: Initiatives boost employment in construction, health care, alternative energy
December 14: Back to Work: The path from LPN to registered nurse
December 7: Back to Work: Opportunities include trainings, apprenticeships, and work-based learning

We’ll keep looking, so check back for more stories from around the country.