Clinton County Workforce Collaborative: To collaboratively tackle the critical and multi-faceted issues surrounding workforce development, retention, and recruiting in Clinton County and our surrounding region.
Workforce challenges are hampering employers across the country, but in Clinton County, Ohio, customized solutions focused on local needs are being developed with stakeholder input. The Clinton County Workforce Collaborative is an initiative launched a little over a year ago by the Clinton County Port Authority, OhioMeansJobs Clinton County, the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, and the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to the entities driving the initiative, the Workforce Collaborative is comprised of other business, education, nonprofit, government, and economic/community development partners. It is open to anyone from these sectors who would like to become more involved in the workforce solutions being researched and developed.
The Workforce Collaborative intends to do just what its title implies: collaborate and connect. It was formed because the founding partners knew that conversations about workforce challenges and, at times, solutions were already taking place throughout Clinton County and the region, but mostly around separate tables. The Workforce Collaborative seeks to pool resources, make them readily available, reduce duplicated efforts, and shift the conversations towards solutions and actions.
The Workforce Collaborative seeks to very precisely identify the roots of problems. For example, are transportation barriers because someone does not have transportation, or is it that the vehicle they have is unreliable, or is it that they have been carpooling and their partner has switched jobs? It is only through breaking down the problems that tailored solutions can be implemented.
Through conversations with local business, education, and service agency leadership, the Workforce Collaborative created specific Working Groups for the three identified over-arching areas of focus. Members can become directly involved in identifying and prioritizing workforce challenges and implementing solutions through these Working Groups.
Survey to Identify Challenges
Earlier this year, the Collaborative launched a survey for Clinton County employers and job seekers to identify specific needs for skills and training, childcare, transportation, and housing.
Through the survey, “power” and “tactical” skills employers are looking for were discovered. Power skills that businesses would like to see training for include communication, teamwork, personal development, management, leadership, collaboration, productivity, and wellness. Beneficial tactical skills include business intelligence, design and user experience, sales and customer experience, HR and talent development, finance and accounting, project management, and marketing.
First Step Solutions
While most of the first year has dealt with organization and identifying challenges, first-step solutions are already being implemented, such as a resource guide, student immersion to explore local employers, and a career exploration fair.
Each of the following organizations brings its own unique skill sets, networks, and outstanding personnel to the initiative and together serves as the primary steering committee leading the Workforce Collaborative.
If you would like to become involved with the Workforce Collaborative in general or through one or more of its working groups, please complete the Clinton County Workforce Collaborative Interest Form.
For questions or more information, please contact Dessie Rogers, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, at email@example.com or 937-728-7075.