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YCEA forums to focus on workforce development

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After a survey revealed York County employers believe workforce development is one of the biggest challenges and needs in the area, the York County Economic Alliance is setting up events to focus on the topic.

The Office of Workforce Development is developing the Industry Specific Workforce Forums to provide insight from local companies regarding issues they are facing in regards to workforce development, according to a blog post from YCEA marketing coordinator Kacie Longenberger.

It’s not the first time YCEA and others have tried to address the gap between the workforce and what employers need, said Ellie Lamison, YCEA workforce development managerXXCQXX. But previous efforts didn’t lead to action.

“It is the intent with these roundtables to have actionable outcomes,” Lamison said. “We want to be able to show results and outcomes, not just have a conversation, and then conversation stops.”

The following industry clusters will be the focus of the program’s first year: advanced manufacturing; building and construction; business and finance; design and engineering; and health care.

Each industry sector will form a subcommittee of up to 30 industry representatives, Longenberger said. The subcommittees will meet once per quarter starting in July.

Each session will address a different workforce strategy, including workforce attraction, pipeline development and in-demand credentials, Longenberger said.

YCEA will sift through the data and later share it with workforce providers, such as colleges, trade schools and others.

“The goal of these roundtables is to bridge the gap between employers, workforce providers and community partners to form a sustainable workforce for York County,” Longenberger said.

Industry participation in the forums is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more detail, email Susan Workinger.

Once industries respond, an introductory session reviewing workforce development in the county will happen at the end of July or early August, Lamison said. After that, the forums will be held quarterly.XXCQXX

“We want to have some plans and programs in place by the end of the year, possibly before the start of the second session,” Lamison said.

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