Educators, employees gather for Regional Workforce Summit
Over 100 regional business leaders, HR professionals and educators gathered at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance on October 5 for the 2018 Regional Workforce Summit. This event brings together community stakeholders for conversations and presentations aimed at ensuring that employers in our region can fill their job demand. “It’s all about filling the talent pipeline and that conversation and preparation begins in middle school” stated Christine Kennedy, COO of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance who organized the event. Keynote speaker, Donny Jones from West Alabama Works walked participants through how their region was able to upskill existing workers and prepare students for in demand manufacturing jobs. “There is a disconnect between the education systems and the needs of employers,” stated Jones “and regions that eliminate that disconnect will win the talent war.”
Attendees dialogued at tables regarding what immediate strategies could be employed in their workplaces after hearing from best-selling author and millennial strategist Gabrielle Boshe’. Then, conversations centered around ways to better connect employers with schools to help showcase the opportunities for high wage, in demand careers in our region.
The Alliance and the Central Virginia Workforce Development Board are planning a region-wide career exploration event for April 9-10, 2019 which will emphasize all the opportunities that exist in our region.