EUGENE, Ore. -- As qualified employees in several trades retire, employers throughout western Oregon are struggling to find skilled replacements.
Kristina Payne, executive director of the Lane Workforce Partnership, said the carpentry, nursing and electrician trades are among those most hurting.
Payne said most people don’t realize these jobs tend to have good pay and benefits and often don’t require a college degree.
“When we said college for all, what we should really say is additional education beyond high school,” Payne said. “And what individuals really should be focusing on -- young people -- is exploring what their natural skills and abilities are.”
Payne said there are a variety of ways for people to get a degree or certificate that qualifies them for these jobs.
Payne said people can get additional education at a community college or through an apprenticeship program through a number of companies.