High Demand Career Initiative
PREPARING GEORGIA’S FUTURE WORKFORCE NOW
The economic development community in Georgia, led by Governor Deal, has heard from the private sector that one of the greatest challenges facing businesses in Georgia, nationally, and globally is the need for a consistent, trained and reliable workforce. In response, Governor Deal created the High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) to allow those state partners involved in training Georgia’s future workforce – primarily the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) – to hear directly from the private sector about what specific needs they have from a workforce perspective (i.e., degrees/majors, certificates, courses, skillsets, etc.). With decision makers from each of these entities at one table, we are able to gain a clear picture of what Georgia businesses need from a workforce and pair them with existing assets and/or collectively tackle any gaps, one by one.
2014 PUBLIC MEETINGS
In total, there were thirteen HDCI meetings held across the state in 2014. The first three meetings were hosted by Governor Deal and designed as regional meetings intended to raise awareness about the initiative. Eight of the ten additional meetings were sector-focused meetings, highlighting growing industries within the state. The industries highlighted were: Film, Television, & Interactive Entertainment, Information Technology, Defense, Aerospace, Healthcare, Auto Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Logistics. The two remaining meetings featured companies from an array of different sectors that are important to the state of Georgia but may not have fit into one of the industry-specific meetings, such as energy and financial services.
A comprehensive report detailing the findings from the initial year of the initiative is available through the link below. The report highlights overall trends, high-demand careers and skills, challenges, recommendations and what Georgia businesses anticipate they will need in five to 10 years.
2015 PUBLIC MEETINGS
In continuing the efforts of 2014, four additional public HDCI meetings are being planned for 2015. There will be two meetings held in Atlanta during the month of August, one in Albany in October, and a final meeting in Savannah in December. As in 2014, the meetings will be held at USG or TCSG institutions in each of the host cities. The meetings will feature companies from various industries that are located in the region of the host cities. This will provide the state with greater insight regarding the needs of participating employers and also provide an opportunity for the companies to develop a stronger relationship with the State of Georgia and establish better ways to utilize the state’s available resources.
Additionally, a workforce needs online assessment has been developed to provide the HDCI team with greater information and data regarding the specific workforce needs of employers in the state of Georgia. The online assessment was released on Monday, July 13, 2015 and will be distributed to businesses throughout the state. Each business is encouraged to participate in the assessment, regardless of their industry, size, or the scope of their needs. The results of this survey will augment the findings of the HDCI public meetings, providing more specific and wide-ranging data.