By Brad Segall

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (CBS) – In a tight job market, a Delaware County manufacturing company says it has jobs to fill, but it’s running up against a problem: trouble finding skilled workers.

The challenge of finding skilled workers has been an issue for Acero Precision of Newtown Square. So they’ve taken a different approach: an in-house recruiting team that qualifies, hires and trains employees.

Chief Operating Officer David Watson (pictured) says they’re looking more at personality than skills. Watson says auto mechanics who may have problems finding jobs would be a good fit.

“They’re able to work with their hands and they have great problem solving skills, so we can tap into both of those and then train them to be machinists and to work in the manufacturing sector and provide a better opportunity for them.”

A recent nationwide survey found more than half of the manufacturing employers are having trouble filling jobs and with baby boomers retiring, there will be a need for millions of skilled workers. Acero works closely with local colleges and universities to try to attract the best talent that’s out there.

Reported by Suburban Bureau Chief Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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