PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- There are currently thousands of job vacancies -- and in 2017, Gov. Kate Brown said there were more than 66,000 openings with companies hoping to fill with Oregonians.
However, the problem is that there isn't a big enough talent pool in the state to fill in those vacancies, which is why Brown has been touring the state with an initiative called "Future Ready."
Part of Future Ready is providing training to students and adults as well as minorities to help close the gap between the skills Oregon's workers have and the skills that Oregon's growing businesses need.
Bertony Faustin works at Abbey Creek Vineyard and he's Oregon's first black winemaker.
"Early on that wasn't my goal to be the first black winemaker, but it wasn't until I started getting press and I started getting emails from adults nationally and internationally saying how hearing my story empowered them -- inspired them to do not just this, but other things," Faustin said.
Faustin now hopes to inspire other Oregonians to get into different trades.
Brown's Future Ready initiative includes ensuring every student in Oregon has the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning programs -- and making those type of programs available in every school district.
Another goal is preparing the current workforce by giving them skills they need to help Oregon's economy grow.
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