Minnesota employers and employees face critical questions every day: How to make sure that workers possess the necessary tools for jobs of the future? How to match those skills and find enough workers to meet the needs of businesses who want to stay and grow in Minnesota?
The Minnesota Chamber Foundation’s Center for Workforce Solutions is a first-of-its-kind in Minnesota business-led initiative. Through leadership, collaboration and key partnerships, it offers research and programs to confront the state’s worker shortage and helps the state’s economy change and grow.
There are four components to the Center for Workforce Solutions:
RealTime Talent (RTT) brings together education, workforce, economic development and private-sector leaders to understand and address Minnesota’s worsening talent shortage – which will reach 239,000 by 2022. RTT provides real-time labor market data to inform and affect market-oriented decisions made by Minnesota businesses and education system.
MN Job Match is a job-to-candidate matching platform that helps employers find the right fit in qualified candidates. This platform’s unique capabilities matches modern skills with the changing needs in the marketplace, helps bridge the gap among job-seekers and employers, and identifies new opportunities.
Business Education Networks (BEN) seek to narrow the skills gap by helping students understand the career opportunities and complete necessary degree and certificate programs, thus helping employers find highly-skilled workers. BEN is already connecting businesses and local chambers with students, educators and workforce training programs in Winona, Brainerd, Waconia and White Bear Lake, with plans to accelerate networks throughout the state.
Educational opportunities bring together community and business leaders facing these challenges and offering solutions to ensure long-term economic success. The center offers resources and information that can expand employers’ knowledge base and offer new, innovative approaches to recruitment and retention.