It's #talentdividend alignment time

It's #talentdividend alignment time

Jill Miller Zimon
on May 28, 2013

The Philly #talentdividend confab is over. Now let's look at how metropolitan strategies align with college completion efforts, workforce development and skills training. Karen Elzey from the Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future will join us here on Thursday, May 30 from 10:00am through 4:00pm to explore that landscape. Not sure you'll be free? No worries. Just click on "post to this conversation" and add your question. It will be among the first Karen answers.

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Ed Morrison
on Jun 01, 2013
"The skills gap is real and likely to grow. The underlying causes are many. The challenge we face..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013
"Many thanks to Karen Elzey of the Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future for anchoring..."
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013
"Thank you for the opportunity to participate. Whether or not there is a skills gap remains a..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013
"Karen, our drop-in chat is coming to an end and yet I feel like we've barely scratched the..."
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013
"These are really just additional tools to help further research and gather information about..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013
"This is an especially interesting question nationally given how much we hear about small business..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013
"That's a tremendous list. Just out of curiosity, how do you find the existence of the Internet..."
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013
"There are a variety of tools that provide labor market information. These include: My Skills..."
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013
"When Skills for America's Future was started we focused on some national partnerships. We quickly..."
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013
"Brynn, small businesses absolutely have a role to play. We know that much of the hiring occurs in..."
Brynn Downing
on May 30, 2013
"Hi Karen and Jill,   Could you elaborate on ways TalentDivident communities are involving..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013
"Thanks to all the folks tweeting out this conversation. Karen, you referenced tools for..."
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013
"There are a number of good things happening in Talent Divident Communities. Begun in 1998,..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013
"Karen, what have you seen Talent Dividend participants come up with to address the issues you..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013
"Here's a link to the PG&E PowerPathway effort. Looks established & robust."
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013
"  Business-community college partnerships provide employers with the opportunity to share their..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013
"Thanks, Karen. That is a great summary. So, what have you found are some effective ways to get..."
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013
"Thanks, Jill. I appreciate the opportunity to participate today. Skills for America’s Future..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013
"Good morning and welcome to Karen Elzey of the Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future!..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 28, 2013
"Do our metros have a skills' gap? What do we mean when we talk about a skills' gap anyway? Drop..."

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Ed Morrison
on Jun 01, 2013 - 7:56 am

The skills gap is real and likely to grow. The underlying causes are many. The challenge we face comes in designing new collaborations capable of bridging the many gaps in our talent development system, from cradle to careers.

That's what we are working on at the Purdue Center for Regional Development and our work in Strategic Doing: http://slidesha.re/18FMgxE

To learn more, contact PeggyHosea: phosea@purdue.edu

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Karen, our drop-in chat is coming to an end and yet I feel like we've barely scratched the surface! For those #TalentDividend folks who'll be checking in over time, what takeaways do you want to be sure they consider?

 

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Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013

Thank you for the opportunity to participate. Whether or not there is a skills gap remains a subject of debate. Metro areas have an opportunity to analyze the labor market information in their regions to determine if  a skills gap exists in specific industries. Of course, it is necessary to consider other factors that might lead to challenges in jobs being filled. These include: wage rates; working hours and working conditions; reliable transportation and child care options; the perception of specific occupations and industries, etc. There are a lot of issues to address, but by stakeholders working together, we can idenfy solutions to prepare individuals with the skills valued by employers and to help employers access a skilled workforce.

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013

Many thanks to Karen Elzey of the Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future for anchoring this drop-in live-chat for the #TalentDividend. For folks who couldn't follow during the live time, the conversation will be here for you to digest and share. Karen presents several excellent resources for Talent Divident participants but also people interested in getting the most from their workforce and their local labor market.

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013 - 11:21 am

Thanks to all the folks tweeting out this conversation.

Karen, you referenced tools for understanding local labor market needs. Can you say more about that?

 

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Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013

When Skills for America's Future was started we focused on some national partnerships. We quickly realized that the success of partnerships occurs at the local level. One key component is the need to have an intermediary--an organization that brings disparate groups together. The intermediary may differ from community to community. It could be a community-based organization, a local chamber of commerce, a workforce investment board, a community college, etc. The intermediary can help gather information about the local labor market--from existing data as well as from having close relationships with employers. By understanding the labor market information, we can better understand where there are open jobs, what occupations are in need, wages, etc.

 
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013

There are a variety of tools that provide labor market information. These include:

There are also companies such as Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), http://www.economicmodeling.com, and Burning Glass, http://www.burning-glass.com, which provide labor market information tools. 

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013

That's a tremendous list. Just out of curiosity, how do you find the existence of the Internet and digital tools to assist? Are they a help, a hindrance or just a tool to extend the reach of these efforts?

 
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013

These are really just additional tools to help further research and gather information about local labor market information. The tools can't replace the conversatoins that also need to occur between training providers and businesses about skill needs.

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013 - 10:49 am

Karen, what have you seen Talent Dividend participants come up with to address the issues you first described?

 

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Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013

There are a number of good things happening in Talent Divident Communities. Begun in 1998, Metropolitan College is a Louisville, Kentucky-based partnership of business (UPS), government, and postsecondary educational institutions (Jefferson Community and Technical College and the University of Louisville). This type of partnership is one way to increase the number of degrees and credentials of citizens in the Greater Louisivlle area.

 
Brynn Downing
on May 30, 2013

Hi Karen and Jill,

 

Could you elaborate on ways TalentDivident communities are involving employers in discussions around degree completions (surveys, symposiums, etc)? Do you see small businesses taking a larger part in the push towards education-employment alignment?

 
Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013

Brynn, small businesses absolutely have a role to play. We know that much of the hiring occurs in small- and medium-sized businesses. One opportunity is for small businesses to join industry sector partnerships or industry associations, where there is a focus on gathering information from employer to determine skills needs. These common skills needs can then be shared with community colleges and other training providers so that curriculum can be designed to meet the needs of local employers.

 

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013

This is an especially interesting question nationally given how much we hear about small business being the real engines of the economy. Here in Ohio I know they receive a lot of attention.

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013 - 10:19 am

Thanks, Karen. That is a great summary.

So, what have you found are some effective ways to get at these needs? And how different are those ways from metro to metro?

 

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Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013

 

Business-community college partnerships provide employers with the opportunity to share their industry expertise and knowledge with community colleges, thereby helping students better prepare themselves for the labor market.

One example is Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) PowerPathwayTM Initiative. PowerPathway—a collaborative effort among local community colleges, community-based training centers, the public workforce development system, unions and industry employers—trains and enlarges the pool of qualified candidates for entry-level skilled craft and utility industry jobs. After program completion, 71% of graduates have found employment either at PG&E or in the utility industry. And, 70% of those hired from the PowerPathway candidate pool progress into apprenticeships or higher job classifications within one year of being hired.

SAF has created a national network of more than 300 partnerships among businesses, community colleges, industry associations, government, community-based organizations and labor. Examples of these partnerships can be found at http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/economic-opportunities/skills-americas-future/models-success.

The partnerships are dependent on the assets within a specific metro area and its important that the partnership address local needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013

Here's a link to the PG&E PowerPathway effort. Looks established & robust.

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on May 30, 2013 - 10:07 am

Good morning and welcome to Karen Elzey of the Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future! Here's a link to that organization and I'm going to ask Karen to just say a couple of things about her work and connection to the Talent Dividend (and thank her for her time today!).

 

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Karen Elzey
on May 30, 2013

Thanks, Jill. I appreciate the opportunity to participate today. Skills for America’s Future (SAF) is an employer-led policy initiative of the Economic Opportunities Program at the Aspen Institute. SAF identifies solutions in which education and training providers work together with employers to prepare individuals with the skills that will allow American businesses to be more productive, innovative and competitive.

Many employers express difficulty finding workers who possess skills necessary for open positions. Simultaneously, the country is experiencing a lack of hiring demand. While the unemployed-persons-per-job-opening ratio has trended downward since the end of the recession, there are still 3.1 unemployed persons for every job opening. These seemingly conflicting issues create challenges for the education and training institutions that are responsible for helping people develop their skills. Therefore, it is critical that skills development be largely based on local labor market information and trends in regional hiring, and with an understanding of local economic development goals.

Local education and training providers need to align their education and training offerings with the key industries in their community so that employers are confident their skill needs can be met. Skills for America’s Future will use the convening platform of the Aspen Institute to highlight effective practices, generate ideas, and propose possible solutions about how the skills building system can better support local economies and the businesses that create jobs. SAF will focus its efforts on the following two strategies:

1.       Demonstrate the efficacy of employer-community college partnerships

2.       Enhance the demand-driven capacity of existing workforce intermediaries

 

 

 

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on May 28, 2013 - 7:34 am

Do our metros have a skills' gap? What do we mean when we talk about a skills' gap anyway? Drop in right here for a live chat with Karen Elzey from the Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future, Thursday, March 28 from 10:00am through 4:00pm to get some answers. Can't make it? Post a question when you can and we'll be sure it gets attention.