Governor: Council Must Act Quickly To Reduce Skills Gap

Governor Mike Pence named four people to the 16-person Indiana Career Council on Tuesday and the group's first major progress report is due in December.

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Gov. Mike Pence has been touting the Indiana Career Council as a way to decrease the "skills gap."

Governor Mike Pence says he wants the newly-created Indiana Career Council to act with urgency as it looks for ways to improve the preparedness and skill level of Indiana’s workforce.

The governor Tuesday appointed four members to the 16-person council along with three special advisors. The members include leaders from the state’s manufacturing and life sciences industries, labor representatives, lawmakers and state agency directors.

With the Council’s first major progress report due at the beginning of December, Pence is directing its members to act with urgency.

“Let’s move into this quickly and if there’s legislative proposals that we can take to the General Assembly that have been developed out of the work of the Indiana Career Council in its first few months, you better believe it, we’re going to be taking those into the General Assembly,” he says.

Pence says the Indiana Career Council, which was created by legislation unanimously approved by the General Assembly last session, will align workforce development efforts by connecting government with private business and education to ensure Hoosiers are properly trained for the positions available in their areas.

The Council will meet for the first time later this month.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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