As we discussed in the first section, with an executive order greenlit in Washington, the plan to try and bridge the skills gap is being set into motion. The goal is to create approximately one million construction-oriented apprenticeship positions within the next two years.
As we will discuss in this section, this begins with establishing competent federal and state programs and by creating a collaborative effort within the private and public business sectors to create more opportunities for young apprentices. As Tampa construction lawyers, we know that an effective apprenticeship program starts with effective leadership by the men and women at the forefront of their respective industries.
Competent Federal and State Programs
Creating successful workforce training programs starts at the top with competent federal, state, and even local agencies. This process begins by identifying the industries that are experiencing the highest employment growth, labor shortages, and workforce problems. Starting on a local level and branching out, everything should be analyzed from where funds are being allocated to the current job openings in that area. By doing the research and determining the “hard data,” the government agencies can then evaluate the strengths and weaknesses that exist within these industry sectors. This creates a great launching point for fixing the problem.
Utilize the Right Resources
After researching these areas, it’s important that these government agencies can self-evaluate and decide whether or not they are outfitted to align with the needs of each particular sector. At the end of the day, it may be in everyone’s best interest if these problems are attacked by a more narrow scope than a federal program. For example, industry employers, the educational system, and trade schools may be able to prioritize the resources needed to cultivate these prospective workers.
Entrust in Industries with a Proven Track Record
With news that many ineffective federally funded workforce programs could be kicked to the curb in favor of private and public sector initiatives, the employers of these businesses will need to be up to the challenge of tackling the skills gap dilemma in their sector. Ironically, this can actually be done by creating collaboration among competitors on the best practices to use to recruit and train these prospective workers in their industry. When there is a prevalent problem that affects an entire industry, competitors can work together to develop the best solutions and training methods to ensure their business needs are met.
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