SAN JOSE — As training centers respond to a growing demand for skilled workers with more and larger classes, enrollment has not been able to make up for the talent gap created by the 2008 economic recession. At the Loyd E. Williams Pipe Trades Training Center, more than 500 apprentices train every week to become plumbers, steamfitters and refrigeration technicians — the most in 15 years.
As an urban beekeeper, Terry Oxford has always grounded her beekeeping practices in what is best for the bees and our environment. While her primary intention of beekeeping has never been to harvest and sell honey from her hives, she gradually realized that bringing honeybees into the city is not the best way to protect our environment and save the pollinators.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — There’s a labor shortage that’s showing on the facades of downtown Mountain View’s businesses. But shop owners and the city officials have come up with strategies to entice workers — by providing better employee benefits, passing an increase in the minimum wage and developing more affordable housing.