Construction skills training got a boost in Indiana today when Gov. Mike Pence appointed Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana President J.R. Gaylor to the newly formed Indiana Career Council. The council was established with overwhelming bipartisan support with the goal of shrinking the skills gap by aligning the state’s job-training funds with industry demand. According to a recent report (Pence Fills Out Career Council), the Governor sees workforce training as an engine for economic growth:
“I have every confidence that Indiana will be the national leader in recognizing that all honest work is honorable work, we’re going to say yes to all the career pathways in the state of Indiana that will be right for our people, right for our economy and will make Indiana known everywhere as the state that works,” Pence said.
Indiana is just one of many states that have sought to create business-led partnerships with government to improve workforce training. In addition to ABC, council members include other political, business, union and government agency leaders. The group is scheduled to conduct their first meeting at the end of July.