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DEFENSE INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP Skill Gap Study . Beth Ashman Ninigret Partners February 2012. Supported by. Purpose. Identify and understand skill gaps affecting firms in Rhode Island’s Defense Sector today and projected in the next five years.

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defense industry partnership skill gap study

DEFENSE INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPSkill Gap Study

Beth Ashman

Ninigret Partners

February 2012

Supported by

purpose
Purpose
  • Identify and understand skill gaps affecting firms in Rhode Island’s Defense Sector today and projected in the next five years.
  • Identify skill areas that could contribute to the growth of defense employers in Rhode Island
  • Analysis is inclusive of all occupational groups and all skill areas that contribute to the success of RI Defense businesses.
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Outlook from Survey

What is the anticipated outlook for the defense portion of your business in Rhode Island in the next five years?
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Identifying Critical Skill Gaps

1. Number of hires by typeEngineers Technicians Skilled production workers2. Difficulty of filling positionsDifficult (many open positions unfilled) Marginal (job searches longer than ideal) Easy (filling open positions quickly)3. Skill gaps observed in applicant pool

how would you describe your company s ability to find and hire the right talent
How would you describe your company’s ability to find and hire the right talent?

Percent difficult or marginal

what types of cooperative activities would benefit your company with regard to internship programs

Supporting STEM Education

What types of cooperative activities would benefit your company with regard to internship programs?

Not Beneficial

Highly Beneficial

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Engineering and Computer Science Bachelor’s Degrees

Rhode Island Schools and UMass Dartmouth, 1989-2009

Engineering and computer science graduates continue to be in high demand while the degree pipeline does not grow.

Source: IPEDS database in NSF webcaspar.

women as a percent of select technology degrees
Women as a Percent of Select Technology Degrees

Rhode Island Schools and UMass Dartmouth, 1989-2009

Associates

Bachelor’s

Source: IPEDS database in NSF webcaspar.

short term

Framework for Action

Short Term

Professional development for current employees

Recruit and train transitioning military personnel

  • Support college engineering programs
    • quality of student experiential learning opportunities
    • collaborative research
  • Collaborative internship program
  • Manufacturing expertise to support the Innovation Economy
    • build a college-level Manufacturing Education in RI
  • Organize to support STEM education
    • increase student interest, preparation, and enrollment
  • Medium

Long Term

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Contact Information

Beth Ashman

Ninigret Partners

beth@ninigretpartners.com

774 719 3097 (mobile)