Recruiting the Next Workforce
By: Joshua Williams
Asking a recruiter about their job in the city of Louisville would likely result in a lamentation of challenges facing the profession. Talent, often lacking required skills for a variety of roles, is in short supply rendering entire industries incapacitated by a drought of an available workforce. In a 2016 study led by the Louisville and Southern Indiana Societies for Human Resource Management, 82% of companies participating in the survey are preparing for moderate to high growth and yet 86% can’t find the talent they need today (more information on the study here).
Adding fuel to the fire, the US Census Bureau recently released population estimates revealing limited growth for the Louisville area. From 2010 to 2016, the city experienced approximately a 3.9% increase in total population compared to a 7.3% growth in Lexington, KY (data can be found here). With demand for a skilled workforce increasing and lagging population growth, an alarming question quickly emerges for those wearing the recruiter hat: where can companies look to find the talent that they need?
One solution gaining solid footing is a focus on the workforce of tomorrow. With traditional talent pipelines drying up, efforts are underway to ensure that youth preparing to enter the workforce have the skills that they need to meet the demands of businesses in the area. These avenues provide unique opportunities for companies to actively participate in training the workforce of tomorrow while cultivating their talent pool for future demand. One such initiative is the Mayor SummerWorks Program.
Launched in 2011 to combat increasing unemployment rates among youth, the Mayor SummerWorks program is an effort aimed at providing paid summer jobs for young professionals ages 16-21 years old. In addition to earning income, participants gain valuable professional skills, work history and lessons paving the way for a successful and fulfilling career—all while helping shape and develop the future workforce. Businesses that participate gain summer help while training young professionals in their industry and marketing themselves as a potential employer down the road.
Businesses that are looking to augment their future talent pool, attract and train young professionals, and play a part in making Louisville a stronger community, are strongly encouraged to get involved. For information on the program, how to get started in hiring young professionals and more, please visit summerworks.org.