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Congressman Andre Carson Pushes For ‘Middle-Skill’ Jobs

Some fields which use "middle-skill" workers include nursing and welding.

Welding

Photo: Barnshaws Metal Bending / Flickr

Welders are among the "middle-skill" workers some say are lost in the push for job training.

Indiana Congressman Andre Carson Wednesday took something of a different tack from most lawmakers who tout job training. Carson advocated for so-called “middle skill” job training during a stop at a company called Training, Incorporated on Indianapolis’ northeast side.

The firm provides job and life skills training and prepares employees for the section of the job force that requires more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree.

Training Inc Executive Director Peggy Frame says it’s a segment of the labor market which is often overlooked.

“For the Indiana economy it’s really important because there’s a gap of workers for that type of job.  So there aren’t enough trained or skilled workers for these middle-skill jobs that are available across the state,” she says.

Frame says Training Inc. trains more than 150 clients a year and also supports about 300 alumni. She says middle-skill jobs include welders, office assistants and jobs in nursing.

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