The Vermont Workforce & Talent Summit
is the inaugural event in the Vermont Chamber’s Six Pillar Conference Series focused on promoting the long-term economic health of our state and providing opportunity for Vermonters. Seminar #4 from 1:30 - 2:15 pm will feature the Farm to Plate Network's Exploring Food System Careers.
From Inspiration to Occupation: Vermont’s Career Pathways Resources
Speakers: Advance Vermont: Roxanne Vought, McClure Foundation: Carolyn Weir, VT Farm to Plate Network: Sarah Danly, Agency of Education: Oscar Aliaga
In order to meet workforce demand, Vermonters need to know which jobs are available in their communities, and where they can acquire the required skills. They also need to be able to envision themselves along a career pathway: from where they are now to employment in a desired career, and beyond. But there is wide variation in industry needs, in educational contexts, and between individual job seekers, which requires multiple approaches to career exploration. This breakout session will focus on newly released resources that guide Vermonters from inspiration to occupation. We’ll learn about both cross-sector and sector-specific resources, through the McClure Foundation’s Pathways to Promising Careers and the Farm to Plate Network’s Exploring Food System Careers. As a group, we will examine the appropriate context for each of these approaches and identify which gaps in our state workforce development system could be addressed through these tools and whether additional tools may be needed. Attendees will walk away with knowledge of existing career pathways resources, an understanding of the process of developing a sector-specific resource, and be exposed to an example from Future Ready Iowa which, if implemented, could further build existing and new resources here in Vermont.