The job market has come a long way since the Great Recession. While there were pretty much no jobs to be had from the years 2007 until about 2009 or ’10, recent reports indicate that there are over 7 million job openings. Many of these jobs are in the trades and hospitality sectors and many will remain open. Without the proper number of workers to fill these job roles, it’s harder for businesses to continue to expand or even to meet their current demands. To get on top of this problem, employers have a couple of options open to them:

Destigmatize Alternative Education Paths

Nearly 60% of GED graduates enrolled in some type of postsecondary education within two years of receiving their GED credential. Yet, these would-be employees will often have trouble finding working because they received a GED instead of a high school diploma.

Given that many of the jobs that remain unfilled are in the vocational fields, they won’t require a college degree. In these scenarios, employers are actually better off looking at people who attended a certification program, a vocational high school, or who have done an apprenticeship in the industry. If employers are willing to hire employees with alternative education credentials, then they may find enough people to fill the positions they have open.

School Choice

Educational programs like voucher programs allow students to choose the school/s they want to attend. This could have far-reaching positive consequences if these students opt for a school with a vocational training program. In this scenario, students who would normally attend a more academic high school can trade their position in that school for a school that would offer them vocational training.

Going this route helps students get a job right after they graduate. It also allows employers to take advantage of connections that vo-tech programs have with the business community.

Increase Wages

It’s understandable that business owners want to save money. However, cutting corners in the employee compensation department proves shortsighted.

Many business owners hire and pay according to their budget rather than what the job market in their area dictates. Employers who aren’t willing to raise the pay for an unfulfilled position will find that they will continue to have unfilled positions. Instead of seeking these employers out, would-be employees will look for jobs with higher wages.

Work with Current Employees

Many employees in the workforce only work part-time. Many of these same employees would rather work full-time.  Employers who have part-time employees that have undone work/unfilled position would benefit from giving their part-time employees more work rather than trying to hire new employees to fill part-time positions.

There is an abundance of jobs in this country right now. Unfortunately, there are too few workers to fill them. However, employers do have options. They can relax the educational requirements for the jobs they have open. They can look to vo-tech schools for help. Employers can also pay more or give their current employees more hours in order to fill their current job openings.