Governor unveils workforce system overhaul

Not surprisingly, workforce development was a central focus of this year’s Governor’s Conference on Economic Development.

At the event, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens unveiled “Skilled Workforce Missouri,” the Department of Economic Development’s new plan to overall the state’s workforce system.

“It’s time for Missouri to do different in our approach to economic development,” said Governor Greitens. “We are breaking down barriers and making it easier for businesses to create more high-paying private sector jobs for Missouri families.”

The initiative, led by Department of Economic Development Acting Director and former MCCA President Rob Dixon, will provide businesses with a single access-point for workforce resources. In doing so, the initiative aims to cut down on confusion for businesses wanting to expand and grow.

“Unfortunately, business leaders often scratch their heads in confusion as they wade through the complex, bureaucratic maze of workforce resources.” said Dixon. “We are taking steps to make it easier for businesses to get the services they need quickly.”

According to the initiative’s website, it will rely upon the state’s existing network of workforce training providers, which includes Missouri’s 12 community colleges, State Technical College, 50+ technical centers and 32 job centers. Part of the initiative will be helping employers identify, screen and evaluate job candidates, in addition to connecting businesses with pre and post-employment training.

“Businesses need workers. Missourians need jobs. Before, if you wanted to grow jobs and needed trained employees, you had to call dozens of colleges, and schools, and other programs," said Governor Greitens. "Now, you can contact the Department of Economic Development. They will be a one-stop shop to help businesses find skilled workers, and Missourians get the skills they need to find jobs."
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