Business and Industry: Workforce Assessments

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities invite you to participate in an important "Workforce Assessment" initiative to address the state's growing skills gap. The Workforce Assessment will engage employers in developing precise projections for how many workers and professionals, with what kinds of skills, will be needed in our area, for what kinds of jobs.

The data gathered from the sessions will be used by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to align their certificates and degrees, worker retraining and customized training programs with the needs of Minnesota's businesses, industries and communities.

A summary of the employer conversations by industry are available:

To find out more about what employers had to say, visit Employers Speak, a searchable database by industry and theme area.

At the sessions, employers will be asked to respond to a series of questions focused on key occupations in their industry in the following categories:

  • Workforce Supply/Demand: What are your current and future hiring challenges? Where do most of your workers come from today? What does the future of your workforce look like? What types of jobs will you need to fill and timeframe for filling these positions? What is your estimate for how many positions you may need to fill?
  • Workforce Skills: What qualities/skills are you currently looking for (or will be looking for in the future) but not finding in your workers? What skills/abilities would you like to see in individuals entering the workforce that you are not seeing today? What changes or trends will affect your industry over the next 2-5 years? What are the implications of these trends for your workforce requirements? What skills or credentials (e.g., technical skills, soft skills, leadership skills, languages, etc.) do you expect to be looking for in the next two years?

The sessions are being championed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and local chambers across the state in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Minnesota Initiative Foundations, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and other private, public sector and non-profit organizations.