Alexandria, VA – Bridging America’s Gap (BAG) is pleased to announce the expansion of their unique and successful workforce development program. This will extend the program into additional industries beyond their original skills gap program tailored to the crane, rigging & specialized transportation industry. The first (2) two Career Skills Events for 2018 have been set. April 13, BAG will join with the Indiana chapter of SkillsUSA at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN and on April 24, BAG will join with the Wisconsin chapter of SkillsUSA at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.

BAG helps industries & businesses develop long-term skills gap solutions and a future employee pipeline for entry level positions. The workforce development program created by Bridging America’s Gap, partners with industry leaders & stakeholders to address the skills gap challenge with proven solutions.

Partnering with industry leaders, BAG helps develop, implement and champion a workforce vision for the industry that aligns all the key stakeholders. In working with stakeholders such as associations, business leaders, unions, industry media and educators, BAG coordinates and directs efforts that create Career Skills Events designed specifically for each industry. BAG provides unique solutions, tailored to each industry. During Career Skills Events, interested individuals learn first-hand about potential career opportunities in numerous skills industries and better understand how and why a career path within these industries would be a good career fit for them.

“I began to witness workforce development challenges first hand in 2008 while working with the U.S. Department of Labor,” said Brett Melvin, Executive Director of BAG. “Too often young people do not learn about the opportunities that are available to them within the trade skills industries while they are still in high school. This means the over 30% of students who do not pursue post-secondary education leave high school with no idea of their next step, the excellent opportunities that are available to them in the trade skill industries, or even how to identify those opportunities. Without an aggressive and proactive approach, businesses and industries will continue to miss out on new business opportunities simply because they can’t find employees. Today’s skills gap challenge is truly one of America’s biggest challenges.”

Headquartered in Alexandria VA, Bridging America’s Gap is set up as a 501 (c)3 provider of workforce & skills gap solutions to businesses and industries. Since his first program, Lift & Move USA, Brett has been dedicated to helping industry employers find qualified workers for their entry level skilled positions. Under his guidance, Lift & Move, USA has championed 9 nationwide Career Skills Events for the crane, rigging & specialized carrier industry. These were attended by over 5,000 students, parents, veterans & counselors and reached an additional 100,000 individuals through social media. The skills gap is one of America’s most challenging business dilemmas and Bridging America’s Gaps’ highly specialized solutions, tailored to industry and business can make all the difference between success and failure. For more information, contact [email protected].

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