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The term ‘skills gap’ is more than a buzz phrase in the talent acquisition community. It is a growing problem that is starving companies of much needed talent. And it is thoroughly examined in ManpowerGroup’s 2018 Talent Shortage Survey. According to the survey, 46% of US employers surveyed can’t find the skills they need. This number is up from 32% in 2015 and is at the highest level recorded since 2006. Most of the growing jobs employers are struggling to fill are mid-skilled roles that require training,  but not always a four-year college degree. These include positions like electricians, welders and mechanics.

More than half of the respondents are investing in various methods, like learning and development platforms to grow their talent pipeline, but there is one solution to the skills gap that is proven to produce results -- military talent. Aside from their unparalleled experience, military veterans have invaluable technical expertise. Military candidates have specialized training and experience as Electrical, Electronics, and Mechanical Technicians. 

In addition to world-class technical training, veterans possess hands-on experience and excel in any situation, no matter how difficult. They are ideal for the very positions employers are struggling to fill -- Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Maintenance, Field Service, Operations, and Technical Supervision.

Quoted in Staffing Industry Analysts, Becky Frankiewicz, president of ManpowerGroup North America explains, “Employers cannot find the people they need with the right blend of technical skills and human strengths and the problem won’t fix itself.” But your company doesn’t have to fall into the nearly half of employers who are having difficulty finding skilled talent. Orion Talent can help. 

We have invested 27 years in building and developing far-reaching networks into the military community in order to provide our clients with a strong skilled talent pipeline. We can help fill these challenging skilled roles with top quality military candidates. Contact us today to see how we can help you combat the skills gap and keep your business going strong!

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