Group launches new workforce development effort

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A new effort is underway to help develop a skilled workforce in Vermont.

It's called 70x2025vt, and the goal is to have 70-percent of Vermonters holding a training or education credential in the next seven years. At an event Tuesday at PC Construction in South Burlington, Governor Phil Scott said it's part of the state's effort to meet future economic needs.

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation's Scott Giles says a high school diploma often isn't enough in today's workforce. "Educational training after high school is not a luxury, it's a necessity. Every student will need some form of education of training after high school in order to be successful in all the ways that we have described," he said.

Officials say almost seven in 10 "high-pay, high demand" jobs in the next decade will require some level of education and training post-high-school. They say construction, trades, and medical occupations are among the most immediate, high-need industries for skilled Vermonters.