The so-called skills gap, more often than not, is merely an information gap. There are plenty of jobs and there's plenty of talent; the trouble is connecting the two. So how do we fill the gap?
With droves of Americans hunting for work and plenty of business owners seeking the right workers, you’d think companies would have an easier time finding talent. However, the problem frequently isn’t lack of talent or lack of initiative, it’s the lack of a solid talent strategy—the game plan for acquiring and keeping the workers that create success.
A good talent strategy is often the difference between companies that lead and companies that lag.
As the U.S. skilled labor supply continues to tighten, economic development groups are finding it increasingly difficult to show site selectors and businesses what they want to see: the availability of skilled workers.
The following case study demonstrates how, with the right data and collaboration, small towns in rural America can compete (and win) in the global economy.
When the Belgian high-tech materials company Umicore decided to expand its germanium wafer1 production to the U.S., its search led it to three cities: Phoenix, Albuquerque and, Quapaw, Okla.