Authors: Robert W. Glover, Suzanne Hershey
Date: December 2007
Publication Type: Report, 87pp.
In 2005, WorkSource: the Greater Austin Workforce Development Board established the Critical Skills initiative to reinforce economic development efforts by better preparing residents for job opportunities being created. To oversee the initiative, a Critical Skills Task Force was established, composed of representatives from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, industry, Austin Community College, the Austin Independent School District, Travis County, and Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG). The main activities of the Critical Skills research are three-fold: (1) to identify industry clusters that are key targets of economic development efforts and emerging critical skills shortage occupations, (2) to determine the contributing factors and root causes of these emerging shortages, and (3) to recommend solutions. In other words, the goal of this initiative is to align regional workforce programs to provide a reliable supply of qualified job seekers to help prevent skill shortages from impeding economic development efforts.