Challenges in this policy area • Maximizing the synergies between different interventions and negotiating trade-offs • Ensuring that training is being well targeted to local business needs • Understanding how local supply and demand fits within the wider economic fabric
Skills typology (Green et al., 2003) Supply Low High High Demand Low
Skills drive economic development • A skilled workforce is crucial to long-term growth, prosperity and social inclusion at the local level • Ability to create, communicate, and innovate and problem solve are the skills most in demand • What we can do to make ourselves more attractive to new skilled workers?
Strategies for local talent retention • Put in place mechanisms to improve the attractiveness of local jobs to local people • Provide training adapted to business needs in modules that workers can easily participate in • Conduct skill surveys of the unemployed
Local Level Recommendations (OECD 2009) • Develop a balanced approach • Pay close attention to problems of low-skilled equilibrium • Join up delivery • Ensure skills needs are better signaled • Make sure strategies are clear and robust • Support the development of generic skills
Retraining Example: Carpenters in Flathead County • Highest job losses of any occupation in Flathead County • What occupations require similar knowledge, skills, and abilities? - That pay as much or more as carpenters are paid - That grew from 2008 to 2009 - That had an employment of at least 10 employed in 2008 • 809 Occupations were grouped into 9 “clusters.” Carpenters was in a cluster with 123 other occupations.
Percent growth and wages of jobs in the same skills cluster as carpenters, 2008-09 $20.91/hr $19.82/hr Growth, 2008-09 $19.50/hr Source: EMSI
Alternative clustering mechanism $19.82 $17.65 Growth, 2008-09 Source: EMSI
Percent growth and wages of jobs in the same skills cluster as retail salespersons, 2008-09 $10.43/hr $11.94/hr $13.21/hr Growth, 2008-09 $25.55/hr $14.51/hr Source: EMSI
Alternative clustering mechanism Growth, 2008-09 $15.84/hr Source: EMSI
Workforce Outcomes of FVCC Graduates Source: FVCC & MT Dept. of Labor and Industry
Contact Information Brad Eldredge Executive Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning Flathead Valley Community College (406)756-3619 firstname.lastname@example.org