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SHRINKING THE SKILLS GAP Tallahassee Chamber unites employers and educators

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and how we can best assist,” said Corrie obs are available, and Tallahassee has a workforce that includes many Melton, vice president of membership and people looking for work. At times, talent development for the Tallahassee however, the needs of employers and Chamber. “And talent came up every time the capabilities of job seekers don’t sync up. — it didn’t matter which industry they The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of were in.” Commerce is working to close that skills Terrie Ard, president and chief operatgap. It has committed to work with its ing officer at Moore, a marketing and commember businesses and educational munications firm, estimates that Florida partners to create a pipeline of businesses will need ı.5 million skilled workers with marketmore skilled employees by able, in-demand skills. 2030 to remain competitive. The Talent Pipeline A company is only as good Management (TPM) was as the quality of its employdeveloped to create a strateees — as well as the ability to gic alignment between classretain those workers. room and career. Employers “Talent is the No. ı thing play an important up-front that keeps them up at night,” role, one that will pay diviArd said of prospective Corrie Melton, VP dends in years to come. employers. of Membership and “We’re constantly talking Melton estimates that 60 Talent Development to our members to determine percent of future jobs will for the Tallahassee what their greatest needs are Chamber require training after high

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school, ranging from a certificate program to a four-year degree. The TPM program is in the early stages in Tallahassee. But the seeds have been planted for what could be a successful initiative, focusing on these six points: ı.     Educating the community and employers on the program. 2.    Creating a collaborative group that organizes employers to identify the most promising opportunities around similar needs. 3.    Creating a communication strategy and establishing hiring requirements . 4.    Identifying where employers historically find their most qualified talent and the capacity of those sources as well as those sources that haven’t been tapped as frequently.

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850 Business Magazine Winter 2020  

Northwest Florida's premier business magazine informs decision-makers with insightful features and comprehensive articles on business trends...

850 Business Magazine Winter 2020  

Northwest Florida's premier business magazine informs decision-makers with insightful features and comprehensive articles on business trends...