Industry Roundtable Discussions

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The Industry Roundtable Discussions were created as an off-set of the State of the Workforce Survey. The goal of the Industry Roundtable Discussions is to bring key players in the industry together to determine both short-term and long-term goals. Having a combination of industry professionals, educational institutions, and community partners in one discussion creates a full circle picture of the industry to close the skills gap and increase the talent pipeline with skilled workers. Several programs and initiatives have already stemmed from the Industry Roundtable Discussions, and the continuation of meetings will allow the adjustment of initiatives as the area changes. 

If you or someone you know are interested in getting involved or would like more information about the Industry Roundtables, please contact Megan Short at mshort@springfieldmo.gov or 417-841-3386.
  

Construction


2017 Discussion Schedule TBA
Download the 2017 State of the Workforce Survey results for the Construction Industry.
  

Healthcare


2017 Discussion Schedule TBA
Download the 2017 State of the Workforce Survey results for the Healthcare Industry.
  

Information Technology


2017 Discussion Schedule TBA
Download the 2017 State of the Workforce Survey results for the Information Technology Industry.
  

Manufacturing


2017 Discussion Schedule TBA
Download the 2017 State of the Workforce Survey results for the Manufacturing Industry.
  

Youth Roundtable Discussions

The Youth Roundtable Discussions are a reverse format of the Industry Roundtable Discussions, with students sitting at the table and businesses and partners listening.

GO CAPS students were able to attend the Healthcare and Manufacturing Roundtable Discussions in 2015, where they listened to the businesses and educational institutions discuss issues in the industry. As a follow-up of the discussions, the Youth Roundtable Discussions were created to allow students an opportunity to present their goals, career choices, expectations, and more. 

The two Youth Roundtable Discussions in 2016 represented a variety of programs, career paths, and interests. Students were asked questions in a present, present, and future format including why they chose the career pathway they are on, if their GPA matters to employers, if they are planning on staying in the area after graduation or leaving (and what would entice them to stay if they are leaving, how much they expect to make in their career, how quickly they expect a promotion, what they expect from an employer, etc. There was also a brief question and answer period from the businesses and partners at the end of each discussion. 

2017 Discussion Schedule TBA