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Employers have a unique role in helping bridge the current workforce gap in Georgia, as they are the most knowledgeable about job market demand and have the attention of students and jobseekers. By actively partnering with education and workforce, employers can provide workplace context to curriculum content increase student and jobseeker awareness of the skills needed most and the education pathways to obtain these skills.
Job Postings Clarity – Employers can more effectively help students and jobseekers understand the underlying skills training or post-secondary program needed to pursue a specific occupation by calling it out as part of the job requirement, and not the broad degree requirement. In comparison to traditional hiring efforts, it may be best for employers to call out specific skills required, such as “economics” or “business management”, as opposed to a degree requirement.
Deepen Relationships with Educational Institutions – Educational institution and employer partnerships will help inform students of the skills employers are looking for the most.
Curriculum and Skills Training Review – Employers can participate in regular reviews of the traditional skills training, including both hard occupational skills and universal soft skills. This activity will help ensure that the skills taught are the same skills that employers need, enabling more successful job placement throughout the ecosystem.
Skills-Based Talent Strategy – In a world where learning is available through many different channels (i.e. universities, certificates, workforce training, etc.), there is an increased number of skilled and qualified employees that are certified through more alternative means. Research identified that over 60% of job postings in Georgia require a Bachelor’s degree or higher; however, leveraging nontraditional skill development programs are available.