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While our region shares in the economic challenges facing the balance of the United States, we also have a number job openings going unfilled. This contradiction frustrates both the employer and the job seekers.
Through outreach conducted by the Erie Business Action Team (housed at the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership) over the last several years – and collaborative discussion of the 13-member Lead Economic Development Team of Erie County – it has been determined that there is an immediate need to undertake a comprehensive census of employers to formulate a more clear picture of where the job openings are and where they will be.
Using the Erie Business Action Team’s web-based platform, all employers in Erie County will be asked to complete an electronic survey that will capture each employer’s employment needs in the immediate, mid-term, and long-term. Aggregate results of the company surveys will identify volume of jobs by O*NET Codes (Occupational Information Network).
When completed, this primary research of employer demand will enable the community – citizens, training providers, educators, elected officials and business leaders – to see first-hand the occupations most in demand for workers.
Working in partnership with the Regional Center for Workforce Excellence, NWPA Workforce Investment Board and PA CareerLink - Erie County, data will be gathered and shared in regard to the skills sets, formal education needed, and wage rates for the top 25 occupations identified through this survey.
This data will inform training providers of employer demand, provide guidance to unemployed, provide hope and a pathway to employment for youth, aide agencies in securing competitive workforce grants, and help document the vibrancy of our regional economy.
Recent Speaking Engagements
- October 4, 2012: Human Resource Association of Northwest Pennsylvania
- September 26, 2012: Corry Personnel Group’s September meeting
- September 14, 2012: Corry Community Roundtable
- May 15th, 2012: The Manufacturer & Business Association Roundtable