(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Many of our local business owners say they’re having a tough time filling their open positions

            But it’s not because candidates lack the technical skills… It’s for another reason.

They are seeing another red flag – people who lack what they call “soft skills.”

            A new program aims to close that gap.  Eyewitness News Reporter Crystal Cranmore has our story.

United Way of Wyoming Valley is partnering with the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council for the YES program.

YES is a 120-hour, 1-credit, year-round elective course that addresses the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants. The program is designed to bridge the worlds of education and work by developing and enhancing students’ basic job skills that managers in all businesses and industries require. The course curriculum gives students the “real life” knowledge they can apply both on and off the job.