WorkSource Southwest Georgia includes 14 counties and 44 cities. Its goal is to ensure the local area has an effective, well-trained workforce attractive to various industries.
One industry it very much wants to attract is the healthcare sector, as nurses and doctors are vital to any community. Using the federal grant, WorkSource Southwest Georgia engaged business and community leaders in an effort of creating a plan of action to help fill these jobs to the area.
This meeting of the minds is called a needs assessment day, and it was run in part by the Carl Vinson Institute of the University of Georgia. The Carl Vinson Institute supports WorkSource Southwest Georgia at these events by providing meeting facilitation, coaching, and technical assistance.
“During the initial development stage of a sector partnership, it is critical for the key partners to hear from employers in the sector they are focusing on,” Greg Wilson of the Carl Vinson Institute told Georgia@Work. “The needs assessment day brings together the project steering committee with the CEOs, managers, and HR directors from local employers to learn about their hard-to-fill jobs, skills gaps, and how workforce development can help them meet their talent needs.