Friday, 12 August 2016 13:35

Bridging the Talent Gap

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During the Kentucky Chamber’s 11th Annual Business Summit, held July 14 and 15, 2015, LSHRM’s Bridging the Talent Gap initiative was featured. The panelists included Beth Davisson, MBA, President of LSHRM and Director of Career Services, Health and Medical programs at Sullivan University; Lynn Ingmire SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Chair of Kentucky SHRM and President/Owner of Essential HR Partners, LLC; Bridgett Strickler, Co-Principal Investigator and Business Engagement Lead of Bridging the Talent Gap and Dr. Dan Ash, Co-Principal Investigator and Research Director of Bridging the Talent Gap.

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During the presentation they provided insight into the project and the partnerships that made the project so successful. Two large national organizations provided significant fiscal and operational support: Lumina Foundation which is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing to 60% the proportion of Americans with degrees, certificates and other high-quality credentials by 2025 and The Graduate! Network with 22 sites across the nation committed to increasing the number of adults completing college. These two partnered with LSHRM and Southern Indiana SHRM to conduct a survey throughout businesses in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Since the survey was conducted through the HR professionals in the community, the results are a cross section of the community including large, medium and small companies and cover industry clusters of Healthcare and Social Assistance; Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical services; and Transportation and Warehousing.

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The data reflected on the dashboard created through the efforts of the partnership is broken down into four landscapes – Business Community; Skills Needs; Hiring; and Learning. The beauty of the dashboard is that you can see the data for ALL respondents as well as view the results by size of organizations and industry cluster for deeper understanding of how organizations stack up with similar organizations in their community.

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How can businesses use the dashboard? You can see what others in your business community are saying and provide a collective voice to partner with government and education to provide education and training to fill the current and future needs of organizations.

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You, as a member of the HR community in Kentucky, will have an opportunity to hear and see, first hand, the power of the information obtained through the Bridging the Talent Gap initiative. Plan to attend the Concurrent workshop at 2:15 on Tuesday, August 30 at the KY SHRM Conference. Don’t miss this opportunity. You will also want to be sure to hear the keynote immediately following the workshop. Secretary Hal Heiner, Lyle Hanna and Dr. Jay Box, President of KCTCS discuss Meeting Kentucky’s Workforce Challenge.

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