Fri, October 03, 2014
At the Chamber's recent "Courses to Careers" Luncheon at Valencia College West Campus, Pam Nabors, President/CEO of CareerSource Central Florida, along with moderator by Pam Gould, (OCPS School Board Member, District 4) and guest panelists, Dr. Barbara Jenkins (Superintendent, OCPS ), Dr. Sean Snaith (Director, UCF Institute for Economic Competitiveness) and Dr. Falecia Williams (President, Valencia College West Campus), were able to share the results (and impact of) the recent Talent Gap Survey.
According to CareerSource Central Florida, "The availability of a skilled workforce is widely recognized as one of the most critical factors in economic development. Expansion and relocation decisions hinge on the ability to hire workers with the skills and experience companies demand. The Talent Gap Analysis study was undertaken through a partnership with CareerSource Central Florida, Brevard, and Flagler Volusia and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council to align the skills needed by area business with Floridians seeking employment. The study’s major focus was to identify solutions that will widen the talent pool to create opportunities to fill positions with qualified talent. The study engaged a variety of industry sector leaders to identify issues and solutions through an online survey, interviews, and focus group discussions. The survey was opened for six weeks from March 3 through April 14, 2014, resulting in 269 completed surveys from companies representing 91,393 employees, or 6 percent of the workforce. A majority (66%) of the respondents were companies with less than 50 employees."
The federal government also believes that change must be made within our workforce to better secure the future of our business climate. Recently the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.
The West Orange Chamber of Commerce will be closely monitoring local response to this new initiative. For more information on how the WIOA may affect your business, visit the links below: