The Regional Development Corporations (RDCs) of Vermont, in partnership with the Department of Labor (VDOL) and the Vermont State Workforce Development Board (SWDB), have announced that they will host 12 regional workforce development summits this fall to support state efforts to increase the size and skill of Vermont’s workforce.
“Tackling Vermont’s workforce shortage has been a top priority of my administration since day one, with initiatives to recruit, retain, train and retrain more Vermont workers,” said Governor Phil Scott.“I’m pleased to see employers, service providers and stakeholders from all sectors coming together to develop regional solutions to workforce development that will better serve all Vermonters.”
A robust, skilled workforce that is large enough to supply the increasing needs of Vermont employers is critical to the state’s ability to meet its obligations and provide a desirable quality of life for all Vermonters. Building upon recent collaborations among the RDCs, employers, educators, state agencies and service providers, the summits will provide actionable solutions for employers and stimulate better coordination and partnership among these stakeholders.
"The regional summits taking place this fall will help expand and strengthen Vermont's workforce,” said Fred Kenney, Executive Director of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) and Vice President of the RDCs of Vermont. “Workforce needs are driven by local demand; we must continue down the path of coordinated efforts across agencies, sectors and industries to connect employer needs with regional and statewide resources, helping to grow opportunities for all Vermonters."
The summits will follow the same agenda in each region to meet consistent objectives while encouraging discussion and solutions that meet regional needs. Summit outcomes will be used by each region and the state to strengthen local and statewide workforce development systems, to inform a 2020 statewide workforce summit hosted by VDOL and by the SWDB as it prepares its 2020 Workforce Strategy.
The Addison County Workforce Summit, hosted by ACEDC and the Addison County Workforce Alliance (ACWA) will take place on November 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kirk Alumni Center at Middlebury College. Governor Phil Scott is expected to attend the Summit during lunch.
The full day will include employers - the beneficiaries of a good workforce system - and the wide range of service providers, trainers, and educators who locate, motivate, and prepare workers to be successful. The morning program is designed for employers. The afternoon program is set aside for workforce development service providers and educators. Both groups will overlap during lunch, providing the opportunity to connect and network.
Call or email Fred Kenney for further information (802-777-8349; firstname.lastname@example.org) To register for this or any of the remaining summits, visit the Workforce Summit webpage at https://www.vermontworkforce.com/.
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