On Monday, Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted visited Brookfield High School to kick off “In-Demand Jobs week.”

The week is designed to promote jobs that need to be filled in the state - including trade and technical jobs. Local trade unions estimate they have 800 jobs that need to be filled in the Mahoning Valley.

“Providing opportunities for exposure to children at an earlier age at the high school level hopefully helps fill that exposure and breathes interest with skill trades and then helps them start learning some of the industry credentials needed for completing a apprenticeship program with the skill trades,” Gary Hartman, Association Services Director of Builder Association of Ohio and Western PA said. 

Brookfield High School has a new program in its second year that gives students hands-on learning in several different fields leading them to get certified before they graduate. 

“It helps you sharpen your skills for later on in life,” Ian Reichart, Junior at Brookfield High School, who is in the trade program, said. 

Husted said tech and trade schools in Ohio are filling up and encourages more students to take advantage of them. 

“It's the most affordable, best value education and we’re trying to promote (it) for everyone because we’re creating more jobs then we have people to fill right now in the Mahoning Valley and around Ohio and we need more talent,” Husted said. “We need to help more people earn these skills so that they can take advantage of the great opportunities that are out there.”

Husted said the workforce of ages 25 to 60 is shrinking. He correlates this to demographic trends with the baby boom generation retiring, causing less jobs to be filled because the next generations just aren’t as large. 

”If we want to win in America we have to supply the talent so that businesses will invest here and prosperity will bound and people can have fulfilling careers,” Husted said. “It's just connecting that all together that's what we’re trying to do during In-Demand Jobs Week.”

Husted has asked the General Assembly to give $300,000,000 to expand trade career centers in the state so more students can have the opportunity for hands-on learning.