Workforce Development Working Group
We believe the insights and skills of an array of agencies will facilitate employment entry and support career advancement.
The Workforce Development Working Group believed it was important to get a clear picture of the real people behind the metrics and statistics. To create that picture, we turned to Method and Craft to gather qualitative data and insights into the aspirations and day-to-day challenges faced by adults both in and out of the labor force or working but underemployed.
We interviewed eleven individuals from our area, ages 27 to 60 – representing demographics such as, two single mothers, three veterans, four returning citizens, two persons currently outside the labor force, and three persons for whom English is a second language.
As a result of these interviews, eleven insights were identified as key barriers. The Working Group found it helpful to sharpen the focus from eleven insights down to three key opportunity areas which were prioritized based on impact. The sharpened, prioritized focus is on:
1. Increasing access to quality childcare options
2. Improving access to transportation
3. Enhancing education and skills
Recently, we’ve added substance use to the list, a fourth barrier impacting employment for some job seekers.
Many, including policy makers and employers, are looking to Talent 2025 to provide possible solutions. In 2018, our objective is to recommend a set of solutions to address these barriers, to ultimately increase the number of individuals in the workforce and percentage of working households above a ALICE survival level budget.