Maine businesses urged to hire "untapped" workforce
BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's no secret that Maine is one of the oldest state's in the nation and with that designation comes an older workforce.
If the trend continues it won't be long before the state's businessesbegin struggling to find qualified workers. One thing employers can do now to offset that is to turn to Maine's untapped workforce, people with disabilities.
Business groups are now focusing on Youth with disabilities who are seen as part of Maine's workforce solution.The Maine State Chamber of Commerce has been studying Maine's aging workforce and the future is not looking very bright. It sees people with disabilities as a key to filling future jobs. It's now working with other business groups to help get youth with disabilities interested in learning about opportunities at Maine companies and those companies interested in showing those young people the ropes through mentoring and job shadowing.
"About 16% of our student population today students with disabilities 29,000 students to be precise that's a tremendous opportunity as well", said Dana Connors of the Maine State Chamber.
You can find out more information about opportunities for workers with disabilities by contacting the Maine State Chamber of Commerce or the Maine Business Leadership Network. Both took part in a program held recently at Volk Packaging in Biddeford called "Connecting Business to Maine Youth".