Journal Times: Survey of local labor reveals training gap

On December 7th, 2016 Higher Expectations hosted the Racine Labor Force Symposium to provide results from a survey they conducted with the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.  The 2016 Racine County Labor Market Analysis provides an in-depth look at the labor force in Racine, including; unemployment, hard-to-fill positions, internships and work-based learning opportunities, and other factors that influence Racine County employment.

Key Survey Takeaways:

  • Eighty-eight percent of employer respondents reported difficulty filling positions 
  • It is projected in 2 years that 72% of hard-to-fill positions will require prior experience
  • Sixty-two percent of employer respondents see retirements as an urgent, great, or moderate concern within the next 2 years
  • Nearly half of the respondents who do not offer work-based learning opportunities are open to learning more about these experiences

Local employers and representatives from the Racine Unified School District, UW-Parkside, and Gateway Technical College gathered together at the Racine Country Club to discuss opportunities for collaboration based on the results of the survey, including ways for employers to engage in internships and work-based learning opportunities for Racine County students.

Read the Racine Journal Times to read more about the Racine Labor Force Symposium 

Check out the highlights from the 2016 Racine County Labor Market Analysis