Vol. 2, No. 6  |  Second Quarter 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Have your say in the 2017 Taney County Workforce Survey!

It's that time of year again! We are seeking employers from the Branson Tri-Lakes area to take our 2017 Workforce Survey.

Taney County Partnership is pleased to announce its third-
annual Workforce Survey, a brief series of questions targeted to local employers. The results of the survey will allow the Partnership to further develop relevant programming to meet the needs of the business community.

Programs and Communications Director, Taney County Partnership
Our Approach to Career Readiness

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has a plan to address our nation's skills gap and ensure young people are prepared for the workforce. As the Branson are and the Ozark Region face similar challenges, we are proud at the progress we are making in the workforce realm. 

As an employer, taking the 2017 Workforce Survey can help us shape workforce programming to your organizations growing and evolving workforce development needs.

Thanks to our partners at the Missouri Job Center, OTC and Jobs for life that help employers build and maintain meaningful work experiences with young workers in the Branson Tri-Lakes area!
Unemployment numbers in Taney County were significantly lower in April 2017 at *5.6 % as they were at the same time in 2016 at *6.8%.  Highlights of the Ozark Regional Profile for the month show a slightly higher overall unemployment rate in Taney County than the rest of the region in addition to other economic indicators. 

Check out the  April 2017  Labor Market Summary of real time labor market analysis for the Ozark Region.
 *Rates variable and subject to change

June 26-30 and/or July 10-14 in the Branson area
The GO CAPS Teacher Externship Program is designed to promote the GO CAPS program's philosophy of connecting business and education. 

The Teacher Externship Program connects teachers with business partners by letting them experience industries and professional fields outside of the school where they teach. In turn, teachers can take the knowledge and experiences from their externship back to the classroom to better prepare students for the workforce. 

Businesses benefit from participating as a host for our teacher externs by finding tangible ways to discover, meet and prepare their future workforce.  Interested businesses should complete a   Business Interest Form.

Find more information and forms at www.onpointmo.com/community .

Next OnPoint Workforce Collaborative Meeting:
Tuesday, June 13 | 8-9 a.m. | Branson Chamber

Join area employers, service providers and community partners to  to address and develop solutions to the county's Workforce Development issues. We meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 8 a.m. at the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. We always have hot coffee and sometimes donuts!

On June 13, Ashley Lauer from Jesus was Homeless will share more information on how employers can get engaged with the Jobs for Life Program that helps train workers in soft skill and workplace development. Be prepared to gain more information about how your staff could participate and how YOU can become a menor.

Want to be a guest speaker at our monthly meeting to share information related to workforce development in the Tri-Lakes area? Email Heather for more information on how to present at one of our upcoming meetings.

What is an ACT Work Ready Community?

The National Career Readiness Certificate. Certified Work Ready Communities. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Do these phrases ring any bells?

As you may already know, Taney County is working towards becoming an ACT Work Ready community.  Once 'certified', the county can continue to maintain the status, keeping the flow of supply and demand in sync. 

Employers can help their communities build a stronger workforce with the right foundational skill set by supporting their states and counties by learning how the NCRC can help them find the right employee with the right skill set.

Our entire community benefits from your participation in ACT Work Ready Communities initiative. Becoming a certified Work Ready Community will is helping job seekers in Taney County understand what skills employers like you are looking for, and it helps local educators prepare students for success. And - they need you as an employer to value their earning an NCRC!

CLICK HERE  to register your business at no cost to you and begin recognizing the National Career Readiness Certificate in Taney County's effort to become a Work Ready Community. We need to certify nearly 200 unemployed workers to reach our county goals. You can see Taney County's progress   HERE .

Ready to get your workers certified? They can test for FREE at any Missouri Job Center location. Just add language on your job ad that you recognize or recommend candidates show their NCRC results during the interview process. Contact Licia Horton with the Missouri Job Center for more information!
What Will it Take to Close the Skills Gap?
(Take an Educated Guess...)
From a June 2017 article by Workforce

One of the most pressing issues employers face today is the growing talent gap.

Workers must view education as a lifetime pursuit and employers should assume more responsibility for training and be open to workers who have developed skills through alternative education models.

A recent nationwide  study  conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder, found that nearly 60 percent of U.S. employers have job openings that stay vacant for 12 weeks or longer. The average cost companies say they incur for having extended job vacancies is more than $800,000 annually.

The skills gap can have a paralyzing effect on businesses and the broader economy. Roles evolve rapidly as they grow more complex and require additional training. CareerBuilder  research  has shown that 2 in 5 employers are now hiring people with college degrees for positions that were previously held by those with high school diplomas. Sixty-one percent of these employers attributed this to roles within their organizations now requiring more sophisticated skill sets.

Various experts have unique perspectives on the implications of and resolutions for the skills gap, but come together on one theme: There needs to be a cultural change in how American businesses and workers view education.

CLICK HERE to read more about how to address the skills gap at scale, programs that enable workers to develop in-demand skills, and why embracing alternative learning models is critical to the process. 
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