The super heroes that lead local groups to put people to work and fuel the region’s most powerful economic engine began gathering recently at the Hall of Workforce. Okay, they’re not really super heroes and the Hall of Workforce is simply the Southwest Missouri Workforce Board, but the mission of economic prosperity is just as important. Read More
Training and competency-based hiring doesn’t cost – it pays! That’s the value proposition of the SectorReady initiative echoed in this article by Brent Weil of The Manufacturing Institute published in the NAWDP Advantage. The mismatch between the skills required by companies and the skills of individuals looking for work is a critical issue today. According Read More
Local Workforce leaders represented Southwest Missouri for the Show-Me State’s kickoff of sector strategies in a planning/training event held earlier this month in Osage Beach. Tucked away on the banks of the Lake of the Ozarks, about 130 professionals from the state’s workforce system and their partners from education, economic development, and workforce worked over two days Read More
About 14 million college students are working, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center). For the past 25 years, more than 70 percent of college students have been taking time from their studies to earn a paycheck. Learning While Earning: The New Normal examines these Read More
The Monett Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated National Manufacturers Day with a special ceremony October 2nd at Playpower. As noted in this article from the Monett Times Newspaper, the event included special proclamations from the Missouri House of Representatives, the Monett City Council, Barry County Commission, and Missouri Enterprise. The Workforce Investment Board also joined the Read More
Jasper County now ranks 9th in Missouri for Gross Domestic Product (GDP). As noted in this feature from KSN-TV, economic growth is evident across the area. KSN interviewed Rob O’Brien from the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce along with Tom (Bubba) Evansco from the WIB.
The 2015 Heartland Workforce Summit marked the official launch of the SectorReady™ Toolkit 1.0. Powered by the WIB and the Joplin Regional Partnership, the toolkit reflects the region’s framework development and research in 2014-2015 for a robust array of career pathway and sector partnership resources. Along with the presenters and attendees, the Workforce Summit was a success Read More
The lack of a career path now exceeds salary and leadership as a top consideration employees cite when leaving their jobs, according to the 2015 Randstadt Employer Branding Survey. Twenty six percent of respondents in the nationwide poll of nearly 11,000 expressed lack of career growth opportunities, followed by salary at 23% and lack of leadership at 19%. Read More