The Workforce Development Destiny Driver Team has finished the Business Survey of Workforce Needs Koochiching County. Below is a brief synopsis of the findings
To assess the framework of the labor market in Koochiching County, employers were asked to rate the workforce in various categories. Forty-five percent of employers indicated their highest area of concern is “not enough qualified applicants available” to fill positions. Of these employers, 36% gave the quality of workforce a “below average” or “poor” rating. This is in direct correlation to the 49% response rate indicating one of their major recruiting difficulties is “no qualified applicants”.
During the 2016 calendar year, 65.9% of the employers surveyed experienced difficulty recruiting candidates. Recruiting difficulties for employers include not enough applicants, inadequate job specific skills and being soft skills deficient. Some employers hire under-qualified applicant’s due to an inability to find qualified applicants. A majority of under-qualified applicants typically do not have enough work experience or had an unstable work history. Employers based their hiring decisions on interview performance, stable work history and demonstrated work-related skills.
A great number of employers are currently training their employees via “in-house training”. Supervisors, co-workers and training departments are providing training needs. Manuals, videos and training materials are additional methods utilized. Customized on-site and web based training are the preferred practices to provide instruction. General skills training is needed in the areas of soft skills (work ethic, attitude, attendance, problem solving and teamwork) and interpersonal communications.