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Closing the Skills Gap

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Todd Butler

on 25 February 2015

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Transcript of Closing the Skills Gap

Closing the
skills gap

Job
Opportunities

Employers invest
in
training/education of their future workforce through internships, co-ops, and other
opportunities for experience & exposure
to middle skills
careers.
Resources & programs are in place to
efficiently match
interested (students and adults)
with appropriate PST/E programs.
Elementary, middle, and high schools
adequately prepare students for success
in PST/E.
Our community understands
that middle skills job opportunities are plentiful and are a
major attribute of our region’s economy
, today and in the future. 
Middle skills jobs are seen as
desirable pathways
to meaningful, long-term careers.
Students and parents are aware
that middle skills jobs are good-paying, offer career advancement, and don’t start with a 4-year degree.
Resources and programs are in place to efficiently
match skilled candidates with employers
.
PST/E providers
create
specific programs that prepare learners
for
a dynamic variety of meaningful middle
skills jobs.
High schools define success as
100% of students pursuing post-secondary training/education (PST/E)
as a pathway to meaningful employment.
Unemployed/underemployed people are aware
middle skills jobs are currently available, good-paying, offer career advancement & don’t require a 4-year
degree.
A sustainable solution:
change the way we prepare -- and prepare for -- the future workforce
JOBS TOMORROW
People seeking meaningful, long-term employment
BETWEEN
...The #1 way to ensure regional economic growth
AND
build demand for middle skills opportunity among current and future workers
The need is immediate:
we have a constant stream of youth aging into the working world
JOBS TODAY
AND
1000s of unfilled jobs placing a cap on the economic engine of local companies
Culinary Team

Outreach and Programming
2015 Goal:

60 Placements
Health Care Team

Outreach and Programming
2015 Goal:

XX Placements
Skilled Trades Team

Outreach and Programming
2015 Goal:

XX Placements
Adv. Manuf.
Team

Outreach and Programming
2015 Goal:

XX Placements
IT Team

Outreach and Programming
2015 Goal:

XX Placements
SUCCESS
hard to achieve scale
SUCCESS
in the long term
in the near term
scalable approach
hard to show quick results
Culinary Team Presentations in Schools
CASH Program
Presentations
FAME / RTMA Outreach
Media Coverage of Middle Skills Issue
Business Leaders United Affiliation
Poverty Initiatives
East High
U of R
Partnership
Edison Reforms
Hillside
Work-Scholarship Connection
Excel Center
(proposed)
Employer-provided
co-ops, internships,
etc.
MCC/ Eastman
Business Park
Co-location
(proposed)
Job Fairs
VOC Programs for Vets
Part time employment while in H.S.
RECOMMENDATIONS
Be opportunistic about achieving short-term placement targets (WHO: Teams)
Develop set of prioritized lead measures to drive action on long-term priorities (WHO: Theory of Change Workgroup)
Measure, report & refine (WHO: All)
Carpe Diem
In partnership with the secondary and post-secondary training and education community, these teams will look for opportunities to have immediate impact on middle skills job placements for all job seekers.
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