Monday, October 12, 2009

WIRED Partners Committed to Retaining Regional Talent

During the last year, too many talented engineers found themselves out of work or questioning whether they had a place in the region’s economic future. WIRED partners, understanding that engineering talent will help drive economic recovery and growth, are implementing two initiatives aimed at retaining that talent.

First, the Oregon Bioscience Association and Linn Benton Community College collaborated to develop Bioscience Foundations, a training program designed to introduce engineers laid off from high tech and other sectors to bioscience and the FDA-regulated manufacturing environment. Participants go through 2-weeks of classes followed by internships and placements with partnering companies. The program recognizes the transferable skills of engineers and the growth of the region’s bioscience industry.

Second, the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Worksystems, Inc., the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County, Management and Training Corp., and the Enterprise for Employment & Education are inviting dislocated engineers to two highly interactive symposia offering top level industry speakers, coaching, education, and resources. Three presentation tracks will be available: education/training, entrepreneurship, and job seeking skills. The events are scheduled for November 12 at Embassy Suites Hotel Portland-Washington Square, and November 16 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

These efforts are examples of innovative ways to tackle regional workforce issues and demonstrate how nimble and responsive the public workforce system can be. If you know of other examples of workforce programs aimed at retaining engineering talent, please share them in the comments section.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Given the current employment environment, community colleges and other post-secondary institutions are being called upon to play an even greater role in helping young adults gain the skills needed to qualify for work. A new report from Workforce Strategy Center (WSC) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation titled “Employers, Low-Income Young Adults and Postsecondary Credentials,” highlights programs in 14 communities that are successfully addressing the challenge of providing disadvantaged young adults with the technical and postsecondary education that may qualify them for skilled positions. For the full report visit www.workforcestrategy.org.

Tricia said...

Yes, this is a great report and everyone should check it out. It features one of our premier youth providers Open Meadow. We are one of their primary investors and proud of the work that they do to help low-income, heavily barrier youth transition to post-secondary education and into the workforce. I'll be posting more about this on the blog shortly. Thanks for the comment!

Anonymous said...

No problem! It really is a great program that more people should know about...