Job opportunities have increased steadily in most major sectors of the San Diego region’s economy, and that growth has quickly created tight conditions for employers that still want to add to their payrolls.
As a result, a program sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) has suddenly become quite popular. The nonprofit agency has a “customized training” initiative that aims to fill the gaps for hard-to-find workers in advanced manufacturing, technology and other sectors. Through agreements with employers, SDWP covers half the training costs. In turn, employers must hire at least 80 percent of the workers that complete the program.
The San Diego metropolitan area covers San Diego County and includes the cities of Carlsbad, San Marcos and Chula Vista. Among the major industries in the region are high tech, health care and tourism-related ventures. The production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), frequently referred to as drones, also represents nearly $2.3 billion in direct and related economic activity locally, according to a report commissioned by the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce.
Some of San Diego’s major private sector employers include technology development and communications company Qualcomm, government contractor and scientific interest SAIC, and NASSCO, a division of General Dynamics that designs and manufactures vessels for the U.S. Navy.
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