One of the ways to address the workforce shortage is to keep as many of our local graduates in the area as possible.
Each year, hundreds of young people graduate from our area high schools and from Southeast Missouri State University and less than half of them enter our local workforce. In addition, many students graduate with very limited work experience. In a world where an available, capable, and trained workforce is key to area growth, this is not a desirable situation.
Do you know the most frequent concern expressed by our existing employers about job applicants?
At the top of the list is the lack of essential skills. Employers, schools, churches, civic organizations, charities, and even parents are talking about the decline in essential skills, or soft skills, in the world today. The Chamber’s response was the creation of the effort called Capable.