Sept. 4, 2012 — This region is about to embark on the largest employer outreach and workforce survey ever undertaken locally.
Businesses with five or more employees will soon receive a call and be asked to participate in a labor market survey lasting 7 to 10 minutes.
The survey is sponsored by TENCO and four other Workforce Investment Areas (WIA) that are served by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
TENCO covers Rowan and nine other counties, including Bath, Boyd, Bracken, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Montgomery, and Robertson.
Local employers are being encouraged to participate in the telephone interviews as part of a comprehensive workforce study to collect valuable data on local salaries, hiring trends, occupations in demand, industry growth, skills gaps and more.
“A region is only as good as its workforce and current comprehensive data is critical for understanding where we are and where we need to go. This survey will help make an already great workforce even better. I urge everyone to fully participate in this survey. It will help us all,” said Denise Wietelmann, director of workforce development of the TENCO Workforce Investment Area.
The intent is to help the region develop strategies for addressing regional economic and workforce supply and demand issues.
The aggregated results will be available in various interactive web applications and will be free to business, jobseekers, schools and others interested in our region.
Approximately 14,000 businesses in 55 counties will be contacted over a three-month period.
“This survey will help the region develop a strategic and tactical plan based on based on current and comprehensive information related to labor ability and workforce capacity, not only for TENCO, but for the entire region,” Wietelmann continued.
“We want to make sure that we are serving our region’s employers and spending our taxpayers’ dollars wisely by acting on current data coming directly from our employers.
“Getting an accurate picture of the current labor force coupled with analysis of the future business and labor needs will allow the labor study team to provide recommendations on the most appropriate workforce training, retraining and recruitment programs for our region.
“Recognizing the hiring and skills needs of our employers, as well as the transferable skills of our existing workforce, is critical. We want to help make sure we position the regional business community and the local labor force for success as we face an ever competitive global market.”
ERISS Corporation of San Diego, Calif., (www.eriss.com) will conduct the detailed telephone surveys of regional employers.
ERISS has worked in Kentucky for many years and is an award-winning firm that has surveyed over two million employers.
The ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local governments.
Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county area development districts.
ARC is online at arc.gov.