Workforce and Training SWOT Analysis Considerations
- What occupations or workforce skills are more heavily concentrated in the region as compared to state and national averages? Are these growing or declining? How can these skills be leveraged? Are any workforce shortages anticipated that need to be addressed?
- What are the requisite skills and average compensation for employees in relevant fields and how many currently reside in the region? How many employees could be added to the workforce via training programs?
- What is the nature of engagement of Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs), employers, community, and labor organizations? Are there local WIBs or other workforce intermediaries that would be willing to help facilitate work-based learning such as internships and apprenticeships?
- What local community college centers and other training programs exist that specialize in the attributes being considered in your analysis? Are industry-defined competencies available or can they be developed? Is there capacity for training/certifying people in these skills?
- Are training partnerships with community colleges being developed? To what extent do these institutions currently integrate R&D activities and education to best prepare the current and future workforce? To what extent do postsecondary partners engage with feeder programs, such as those in secondary schools?
- What are the short- and long-term human resources challenges for the local economy along the region's proposed development path? What is the local unemployment rate for key occupations in the KTS? Are any local efforts underway to get the long-term unemployed back into the workforce?