Understanding the Unserviced Workforce

APA Economic Development Division


Friday, June 25, 2010
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Online, VA, United States

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White-collar professional workers, in fields such as health care, engineering, information technology, accounting, architecture, are in high demand and companies are paying a premium for their services. These workers are being serviced by private third-party groups (headhunters). Blue-collar workers, including skilled technicians and those in fields such as advanced manufacturing, are being serviced by public third-party agencies (community colleges, workforce investment boards, employment commissions and staffing agencies). The unserviced workforce is caught in the middle. Neither the public nor private sector is serving this group. This segment of the workforce can be characterized as: younger with potential or upside; has some form of higher education; has good skill sets, but not billable skill sets, which are in demand; and are looking for a “professional” job paying a salary between $25-$50k. This is the critical mass of knowledge workers who are underemployed, overeducated, or who are leaving smaller regions for larger metropolitan areas for better employment opportunities. This webinar will provide an introduction to the unserviced workforce. Special attention will be given in the webinar to how regions and local governments, urban and rural, can work to create opportunities for the unserviced workforce.

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