Small businesses continue to struggle finding employees during pandemic
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – New reports indicate small business owners are still struggling to increase their workforce during the pandemic.
According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, last December 49% of all small business owners reported vacancies they couldn’t fill. About 32% of these employers plan to increase their pay within three months of the new year.
22News spoke with an employment coordinator at MassHire in Holyoke. She told us that many people are taking this time during the pandemic to change their career path.
“It’s really exciting to see people excited about wanting to make a career transition in a space they had never thought of before. We currently have incredible funding for CDL training, customer service training. , CNA training, hospitality training. All these opportunities that people are like, ‘I don’t know if I’ve seen myself in this before, but, you know what? If I can get into that training, then yeah, I would love this opportunity, ”said Dawn Creighton, Employment and Training Coordinator at MassHire Holyoke Career Center.
You can find information about MassHire and the programs available on the Mass.gov website.