O*NET® Products at Work

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Indiana Workforce Development is responding to dramatic shifts in the economy by helping workers transfer their skills from a declining occupation to one that is in economic demand. This workforce development agency uses the O*NET database as a primary tool for making multiple comparisons which identify where knowledges, skills, and abilities overlap or where gaps exist across occupations. When the Northern Indiana recreational vehicle industry declined, the skills of laid-off workers were compared with skills required to perform growth occupations in the region. Then community colleges in the area could develop curricula to train displaced workers in the skills that demand occupations require and that are currently lacking in the regional workforce. Skills that workers transferred from their former jobs paired with “gap skills” developed through new training prepared workers for jobs related to orthopedic products and medical devices manufacturing.