Montgomery County and the Dayton Region are facing an incredible challenge when it comes to our future workforce. Now and in the years to come, our employers need to fill positions and we must, as a community, prepare a talent pipeline. Much of that talent pipeline will be filled by our young people. To be successful, our young people must have work experience now in the form of internships, co-ops and/or part-time jobs to expose them to industries and businesses and prepare them for jobs.
There are programs in our community that are addressing this challenge and they’re working, but more needs to be done. For example, Montgomery County’s Summer Youth Works Program places over 1,000 teens with employers in a variety of industries. The teens’ wages are paid through the Youth Works Program. Hundreds of other teens could be placed if more businesses became involved. Let’s change that!
MCOFuture Public Forum on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. inside the Charity Earley Room at Sinclair Community College, Building 12. Free parking under Building 12.
We need business leaders, human resources representatives, school guidance counselors and community members to join us in finding solutions to prepare our talent pipeline.
- What do we need to do to provide work experience to our young people to improve our workforce and pipeline?
- We want to hear from companies who already have a talent pipeline system.
- How can the County and economic development organizations help build that pipeline that serves our companies?
- How are schools and colleges addressing internships and co-ops for their students?