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August 03, 2017 10:06 PM

Finding Jobs For South Dakota's Graduates

Though there are thousands of jobs available in South Dakota, there are still people struggling to find work.

That may be because they don't have the right training or education for the open positions.

On Thursday business and education leaders from several states gathered in Sioux Falls to come up with solutions during Governor Daugaard's Workforce Development Initiative workshop.

From construction camps for kids to on-the-job training for welders, area businesses are trying to get more people interested in high-demand careers.

"I think it will continue to be an issue," South Dakota Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman said.

Hultman is taking part in this week's workshop. She says on any given day there are more than 14,000 jobs available in the state.

"We just want to make sure that kids and their parents make informed choices. It's all about if I take this path, what is the end goal? Is that going to be feasible? Am I going to be able to repay my student loans," Hultman said.

Bridging the gap between workers and employers isn't just a problem in South Dakota. That's why leaders from states across the Midwest are here.

"There's a lot of re-skilling that is needed, and we certainly need to look at the jobs of the future. What automation, innovation and the Internet are going to impact jobs of the future," President of the Colorado Business Roundtable, Jeff Wasden, said.

So what can be done in South Dakota to address the issue in the future? Hultman says while most kids get a postsecondary education, they might not be making the most informed decisions about which careers to pursue. Also, the state has just started getting more involved in apprenticeships, which involves having businesses train workers on the job.

"We have a lot of room for growth with that initiative," Hultman said.

Initiatives that leaders from across the Midwest are focusing on.

If you would like to learn more, you can watch all of today's workshop online here.

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