Governor proposes ‘critical investment’ in vocational education

A November 2015 report on the findings of a Northeastern University study predicts a serious skilled-workers shortage over the next seven years.

The report, commissioned by the Massachusetts School Building Authority and conducted by Northeastern University’s Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban Regional Policy, says nearly 1.2 million jobs will open up by 2022 as the baby boomers head toward retirement.

Three out of five of those jobs will require less than a bachelor’s degree but are expected to require vocational training or a certification of some kind. Given current capacities, Massachusetts’ vocational schools would only be able to fill about 11 percent of those openings, the report says.

The Patriot Ledger