Skilled Workforce Summit: What we learned
Thank you to all who attended and participated in March 13th's Skilled Workforce Summit. Thanks to the amazing work done by the Collaborative Lab at St. Petersburg College, CFCAN has a real time record of the event. Below is a summary of the event as well as a downloadable version of the real time record.
Summary: Keynote Speaker Carl Camden
Carl Camden is the former president and chief executive officer of Kelly Services Inc., whose expertise is in the changing workforce of today. Camden explained what he sees to be the main changes: talent today is less likely to want to be an employee and more likely to strive to make their living through contracts and individual partnerships. Due to this evolution, universities and government need to shift away from a traditional model of helping people find jobs to become employees, and towards making themselves the booking agent of choice for talent. With this shift, universities can both assist individuals in getting the work they are asking for, and incentivize degree attainment within the institution. Overall, we cannot reach our degree attainment goals unless we transform the way we approach talent with regards to the needs within the workforce.
The Summit's panel consisted of experts from government, business and higher education, as well as a guest from Tennessee Reconnect. They discussed what is happening in our region and looked to Tennessee's programs with focus on how we will "Rise to 55". Using statistics provided by Adrienne Johnston on licensing outcomes in our workforce and existing skill gaps, the panel discussed the importance of collaboration, clarity and ease of programming, and innovative strategies to draw in and retain adult students.
Summary: Audience Activity
Audience members huddled to discuss 4 main areas of interest: Increasing the Talent Pipeline, Leveraging Best Practices in Developing a Skilled Workforce, Bridging the Skills Gap and Building Strong Partnerships. Some popular responses include: collaborating to create opportunities, encouraging wrap-around services, marketing success through individual stories, focusing on soft skills, quarterly round tables with leadership in our community, and more.