Employee development one of the key takeaways from ND workforce survey

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BISMARCK-Most employers are able to fill a vacant position within one to three months. But 28% say it takes longer, according to the results of a statewide survey released by Job Service North Dakota.

“These survey results will be combined with comments, data and evidence obtained over the course of several months of work by the Workforce Development Board,” Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer said in a statement. “We plan to provide targeted workforce recommendations to the governor to inform the 2019-21 policy agenda.”

Kommer declined to elaborate on these possible recommendations until October.

But to his knowledge, Kommer said it was the first time that an investigation of this nature had been conducted statewide. Greater North Dakota House Speaker Arik Spencer said local and business organizations have conducted similar polls, but he believes the effort is more comprehensive.

The survey, conducted by the North Dakota State University Center for Public Choice & Private Enterprise, found that while most managers are eager to hire, they are slow to invest and devote resources to enhancing local talent.

About 53 percent of respondents said they were interested in workplace learning programs, but only 38 percent were willing to contribute financially to workforce development.

“There are no clear public policy solutions to solve this problem. However, survey results show the potential for more collaborations with the private sector, including opportunities for business leaders to invest in youth engagement to attract high school and college students to their respective industries. and devote resources to training for better retention, ”according to the NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice & Private Enterprise.

Among survey respondents, 21 percent said that competition from other employers in the state for a limited number of qualified candidates is their biggest obstacle to hiring. Employees who are offered better wages elsewhere are a barrier to retention.

The state’s Workforce Development Council is also trying to address professional licensing issues for the state’s more than 80 licensed professions. The group received a $ 450,000 grant from the US Department of Labor to study the professional licensing system with the goal of removing unnecessary barriers. The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., Has been hired to conduct the three-year study, and early work will focus on high-demand occupations.


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