Changing Workforce / Career Development

Manufacturers see jobs go unfilled as Brooklyn residents lack skills, experience

By Crain's New York Business

Jun 23, 2016

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Businesses have long complained about the struggle to find skilled employees, but this is ridiculous: Of 3,600 applicants for 91 manufacturing jobs in New York City's Brooklyn borough, only 35 were hired.

The scenario played out over the past year as the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce attempted to help local manufacturers fill the positions, which ranged from leather seamstress to metal polisher to woodworker to coffee-roasting apprentice. They did not require advanced education.

“We’re not filling the jobs. What is the disconnect?” wondered Carlo Scissura, president of the chamber. “I think many of them probably need additional qualifications, additional support.”

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