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Southern Economic Development Region: Critical Skill Shortages Initiative
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Beginning in November, 2003, over 200 individuals from healthcare, community colleges, business, K-12 education, labor, economic development and workforce development throughout the 19-county Southern Economic Development Region (SEDR) participated in focus groups and consortia committee meetings to identify causes for the critical manufacturing shortage and to plan and implement projects aimed at decreasing the shortage in southern Illinois.
Reasons for Shortages
Initial Solutions
  • Lack of a foundation skills credential training program in the community colleges for entry-level workers

  • Lack of understanding of career opportunities and benefits within the industries

  • Aging workforce will require the development of a supply of replacement workers equipped with adequate foundation skills for entry-level positions

  • The inflow into southern Illinois of adults with poor or modest education greatly exceeds the inflow of well-educated adults

  • Implementation of Work Certified, a short-term credentialed training program that targets foundation skills training (teamwork, reading, writing, math, work ethic, business processes).

Resulting from the efforts of the CSSI participants, the SEDR has been approved for $240,000 under the Critical Skill Shortages Initiative for a Manufacturing Training Grant to support activities aimed toward improving worker skills in entry-level occupations in the manufacturing, distribution, transportation, & warehousing sectors.   The requested grant funds will be used toward the following:

Implementation of a foundation skills training program, Work Certified , delivered through the six community colleges located within the SEDR for entry level workers in the manufacturing, distribution, transportation, & warehousing industry sectors. The foundation skills training program will focus on:

  • Improvement of work ethic and customer service skills
  • Basic manufacturing processes
  • Mathematical and computer skills
  • Reading and writing
  • Teamwork

The overall goal of the Work Certified Training Program is to teach and verify skills and behaviors that ensure the success of entry-level employees in the workplace.

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