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19,000 jobs need to be filled in Mid-South

(WMC-TV) - There are 19,000 jobs that need to be filled in the Mid-South. The problem is that area companies need workers with specific skill sets to fill them.

The job openings pay between $30,000 and $50,000, but before you are hired, employers want to know you can do the job.

"I had a hard time finding a new job," said Bryan Hanna, 19, who is newly employed. "I was working part-time."

The reason Hanna had a hard time finding work is because he had no experience. He could not find a full-time job until he teamed up with OCTI, the Olympic Career Training Institute.

"There were always training providers, but I think there is more specific training going on," said Trey Carter, Olympic Career Training Institute.

Local, state, and federal agencies work with companies like OCTI to bridge the gap between jobs and the unemployed, from entry level to managerial jobs.

Military veterans get free training through a Veteran's Affairs partnership.

A Department of Labor partnership also offers free training for others.

"That will allow individuals who are unemployed, under-employed, and displaced to be fully subsidized in their training to get fully back into the workforce," explained Carter.

Based on job availability and Hanna's interests, OCTI put him through an intensive training course. Then they introduced him to employers before the training wad finished.

"It was a three-week class," said Hanna. "I was working within the next two weeks after I finished."

He now has a full-time job at Nike.

If you are trying to decide in which industry you should train, know this:

"Ten percent of Memphians work in the logistics distribution warehousing industry," said Carter.

And that distribution industry is growing in Memphis, hence the moniker "America's Distribution Center."

OCTI holds orientations every Tuesday and Thursday.

Here is OCTI's contact information:

Olympic Career Training Institute
(901) 878-2151

To find the list of dozens of positions that need to be filled, click here: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmctv/helpwanted2-3-14.pdf

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