Many employers in the Central Minnesota Planning Region 3 report difficulties finding the right workers to fill their job openings. By engaging in sector partnerships, these businesses can provide input into the skills and experience they need and open the door to a larger pool of candidates.
To further healthcare sector partnerships, Region 3 Leadership & Planning Board (R3LPB), including the Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc. and Career Solutions Workforce Development Boards, recently hosted a final event in a series of three listening sessions referred to as Healthcare Sector Summits. Attendees from across the 13-county region included representatives of economic development, workforce development, community members, employers, healthcare entities, and educators from K-12, Adult Basic Education, and post-secondary. The highlight of the summit was a panel discussion of industry representatives that included an overview of labor market information in Central Minnesota as it relates to healthcare jobs, K-12 education system career pathways initiatives, and other ideas and solutions for addressing the healthcare sector worker shortage.
The R3LPB has now transitioned the work moving forward to an employer-led sector partnership, the Healthcare Task Force. If you are an employer in the healthcare sector finding difficulty meeting your hiring needs, bring your voice to the table. Healthcare employers from across the 13-county region are invited to join community professionals, meeting in-person or by conference call monthly in Monticello to continue this discussion of workforce shortages in healthcare and to develop, align, and collaborate with current initiatives. To join or find out more about the Healthcare Task Force, email Lori Kampa at CMJTS, firstname.lastname@example.org.