Job Brief Newsletter Workforce Solutions: Southeast Texas
June 2010: Vol1 Issue 5
 

Marilyn Smith

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– Marilyn Smith,
   Executive Director

Featured Board Member: Jim rich
Our Vision - A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas
In This Issue
 

Mapping Success through Workforce Intelligence

Which employers need what skills? What local employment and training options are the best fit for individual jobseekers? How can we determine skills mismatches and help create more jobseeker-to-job matches?

Successfully building a world-class competitive workforce means knowing the answers to these questions and mapping a plan of action that is on course with both employer and jobseeker needs.

As part of the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas’ desire to create a “Workforce Intelligence System,” to answer those questions, the board has contracted with the Mike Barnes Group, a Texas-based economic development consulting firm.

In their work completed to date, MBG has conducted surveys and focus groups with employers, workforce developers and economic developers, and completed an environmental scan of the region’s economic strengths and gaps. Based on this intelligence, MBG has already identified several areas to address, which will be incorporated into the final tool and processes:

  1. a need to address the “soft skills” issue: motivation and potential
  2. better matching of jobseekers to the most appropriate jobs
  3. more diversification in regional job opportunities
  4. assistance with upgrading management and supervisory skills
  5. more assistance from workforce development in helping to create jobs
  6. more time to do a deeper level of career counseling with jobseekers
  7. better labor market information
  8. computer literacy can be a major problem among jobseekers

The final project will consist of tools that will be owned by the Board, and processes that better align education with workforce and economic development. Similar projects have created dramatic efficiencies and benefits for employers, jobseekers, and staff in economic development organizations in Terre Haute, IN, High Point, NC, Plant, TX, Florence County, SC, Southern, IN, Waco, TX and Clemont County, OH.

The project is estimated to take approximately a year to complete.

 
 
Who We Are
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas evaluates and oversees the delivery of all workforce training and employment services in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties. The board’s overall mission is to identify opportunities and create partnerships that effectively link employers and job seekers in order to improve the economic future of the area.
 
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