Report: State needs accountability in workforce development

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says the government spends about $900 million a year to train and develop state workers while business owners say they don’t know how that money is spent and what comes of it as they still struggle to find qualified employees.

The report’s recommendations include asking the next governor to hire an independent entity to review the state’s workforce development system and for the state to do a better job disclosing how it spends money to train workers and what the results are.

Of the companies surveyed in the report, 15 percent said they have trouble with employees passing drug tests, 23 percent said they can’t find people with the right technical skills and 27 percent said they can’t find people with "soft skills," like showing up for work on time.

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