- In an effort to build a steady pipeline of talent, Charlottesville Works Initiative is partnering with Piedmont Virginia Community College, as well as local SHRM representatives, in order to provide support to those trying to lift themselves out of poverty, reports SHRM.
- The Greater Charlottesville Area Development Corp estimates that there are 5,612 families — representing 17% of the regional population — who don't earn enough to pay for basic necessities, such as food, shelter and clothing. Yet, some companies in the area are "desperate" to fill skilled job openings; one local hospital is looking to fill over 200 current openings for nursing assistants.
- Using web-based assessment tools, the initiative identifies the immediate needs of those who are entering college and other training programs to develop the skills needed to rise above the poverty line. Since the program's start two years ago, 136 people have participated and 86% have found jobs. 41% of the participants were single parents.
The Charlottesville Works Initiative is a great example of what can happen when a community comes together to deal with skill shortages collectively.
It can be frustrating for employers when they don't have access to candidates with the right skills. Unless colleges and employers work together, it's difficult to create work opportunities for those who need them most.
In this case, the article indicates that local SHRM representatives are working closely with area employers to help match program participants with jobs. Faced with an unskilled labor pool, companies will have to follow this example, helping to train applicants who are willing and able to be taught new skills.
An excellent way to begin this process is through fundamental e-learning, particularly for employers in blue collar industries.