Colorado and Phoenix are two areas in which LinkedIn is working with policymakers. The reason: more than 40 percent of workers in Colorado, and nearly 50 percent of workers in Arizona have a high school diploma and some or no college education. Thing is, 44 percent of the more than 468 recruiters and hiring managers surveyed in Colorado and Phoenix report having a hard time finding job candidates with the right skills. Clearly, there is a disconnect between what potential employers want of the job seekers, and the education and training levels of those individuals.
That’s why LinkedIn joined Skillful, a Markle Foundation initiative designed to aid workers in Colorado and Phoenix with high school diplomas (and little or no college education) acquire new skills to not only find jobs, but to advance their careers, too. And it doesn’t end there. LinkedIn has created Training Finder, a new service that assists job hunters in learning new skills and climbing higher in their careers.