Hi all,Just sharing some pre-reading we’re doing in preparation of the convening next week. There are some prompts for us to consider as well, that will follow this post. Even though we’re not all going to Kansas City, it would be great to get everyone’s input.1. Open the google drive link listed below and then click on the PDF file called “Comprehensive National Workforce Document.” https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4Ph3Ej68l-FT2FJNUNWaEhpUGs2. Read/print out pp. i, A-1 and C-28 for the documents you need as pre-work. This provides prompts around which you can generate responses for use in our work in KC.3. Read/print out pp. B-8 through B-10 and B-13 through B-17. These pages are a prelude to the “buckets” you’ll be working with as organizers with the Institute for the Future in KC.
Write out an inventory of resources and assets, assumptions, needs, and challenges that your community has today that you are looking specifically to solve that you can use as a starting for the processes we’ll work on together. You don’t need to have the specific answers to all of these but in any of these buckets where you do have answers, please write those down and bring them. Seek them out before you come out.
- What are the industries and sectors that you see potential in within you ecosystem?
- What are the positions you are currently trying to fill?
- What are the needs—what is the size of the potential labor force that you have that’s underutilized? What is the makeup on that labor force?
What are the assets and resources that you could leverage to create new pathways once you have some of these frameworks for thinking about what some of those pathways might be?
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- What are some of the things like business partners that you have access to or you potentially could have access to that could be a part of this new ecosystem? Some of them will be in the room but what are some of the others?
- What about other community resources? Widen your circle and think bigger. After school programs or community hubs, libraries or makerspaces? Think about anything that might be leveraged as a planting of a seed of a new initiative that is looking at an emerging pathway, that could have the potential to grow and blossom over the next 5-10 years.
- Who are the key stakeholders? The key leaders in your community? The people that you would need buy-in from that you could share this vision with as you grow.
- one of the largest sectors is lifesciences (health authorities among major employers)
- tech companies in BC tend to be small – fewer than 10 employees
- need to fill technical roles
- BC Tech’s report suggests BC is facing a shortfall of 30,500 skilled workers by 2021.
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