State task force unveils plan to address Idaho's workforce skills gap

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A task force charged with finding ways to meet the state’s demand for skilled labor wants to see more state support for workforce development, incentives for school districts to help students prepare for the workforce and more support for apprenticeship and job-training programs, the Times-News reports. The recommendations come from the Workforce Development Task Force, a group of industry and education figures and some state lawmakers and agency staff that has been studying the issue, unveiled at a state Workforce Development Council meeting at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls on Thursday. Gov. Butch Otter created the task force in January, writes Times-News reporter Nathan Brown, charging it with finding ways to meet the state’s shortage...

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