The Chairman’s Initiative of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is leveraging the region’s best thinking to bridge the gap between prospective workers and employers in the West. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will host the third workshop in Oklahoma City on Oct. 16-17. In addition to workshops and webinars, WGA provides periodic updates on workforce development in western states. Image: KTVQ.
Gov. Doug Burgum hosted the fifth annual Governor's Workforce and Human Resources Conference in North Dakota, focused on creating practical solutions to workplace challenges, such as employee recruitment and retention.
Texas created a centralized portal for apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities across the state to help job seekers gain relevant experience in specific fields, such as welding.
Nevada hosted a cybersecurity skills training program for people who are homeless in an effort to fill the estimated 40,000 jobs in high-demand industries that go unfilled annually.
In Oregon, a newly launched program is helping businesses identify candidates for skilled employment, provide paid internship opportunities, and recruit and retain workers in agriculture, health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology and more.
The Utah Department of Workforce Services is empowering single mothers to enter or re-enter the workforce through a 13-week program designed to improve economic stability and reduce poverty.
Montana is introducing construction career opportunities to youth early in their education through a partnership between industry associations and a Helena elementary school.
For more information and updates on the Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative, click here. Learn about workshops held in South Dakota and Colorado. Get the latest news about the West and its governors by following the Western Governors' Association on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.