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Skilled 4 Work: State's need for blue collar workers grows

Steve Soliz
September 11, 2019 06:50 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— As New Mexico’s need for blue collar workers grows, employers are still struggling to find skilled workers to fill those positions.

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New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley said he is hoping to change that.

"What we're doing as a department is going to businesses and asking them what they need,” McCamley said.

McCamley said his department approaches schools like CNM so those schools can prepare their students for the jobs that are available.

"The business folks out there, the entrepreneurs, are the ones taking the risk” McCamley said. “They're getting the capital, they're starting up their companies, they're hiring people—we need to know what they need."

McCamley said this is one of the platforms Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is passionate about.

“She wants an economy that works for everybody. She wants our folks proud of being here and have the opportunity to do so without having to go Dallas and Denver and Phoenix,” he said.

Businesses working with schools and schools working with state leaders are all part of the effort to make sure New Mexico is Skilled 4 Work.

"We in this state have to understand that we are all in this together. We all have a role to play. And, if we do all work together, if we are all rowing in the same direction —the sky is the limit with how far we can go,” he said.

To learn more about available blue collar jobs, visit the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ website.

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