Skilled labor is a pressing issue for companies. It’s nearly impossible to carry out your chamber’s economic goals if you can’t attract new business and you can’t attract new business to your community without keeping (or attracting) young talent. For this reason, many chambers have launched campaigns to attract young professionals, particularly in the technology field.
But what are you doing for the ones you already have? How are you retaining them and are you geared more at college or high school?
Meeting Your Community’s Future Skill Needs
The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is doing just that with a Business and Education Committee that meets monthly during the school year from September – May.
The committee is comprised of school superintendents, high school principals, city council members and business owners. The focus is looking at ways to prepare students for the workforce, whether that means higher education, job training or otherwise.
One of their events is a mock interview session called, “Rock the Mock.” It’s held at their two high school campuses, where students walk through the interview process. However, it’s more than just a mock interview. The event prepares students for all aspects of presenting themselves in a professional manner through 4 valuable workshops entitled:
1) How to Prepare for an Interview
2) Dress for Success
3) What’s in a Handshake?
4) The Interview
As an aside, “How to Clean Up Your Social Networks” might also be beneficial.
According to President/CEO, Mark Turner, “local businesses love the idea, the principals are very excited about the opportunity and we’ve been able to gather approximately 35 volunteers from the business community to assist.”
Meeting future needs of employers is tremendously important. Many chambers also offer scholarships to future leaders for this reason.
Do you have an education committee that is addressing these needs? If you do, or if you’re interested in finding out more from those who have one in place, join the conversation here.