Workforce Development

In 2017, MCEDC began implementing a Workforce Development Program, the core of which consists of one-on-one interviews with local business leaders. MCEDC interviewed over one quarter of all Marshall County manufacturers. Based on the results of these interviews, we have arrived at a few key goals and action strategies, listed below. This will be the basis of Marshall County’s comprehensive workforce development plan, developed in conjunction with workforce partners at the State and local level.

Address Immediate Needs

The first priority is recruitment to fill current job openings, which can be accomplished through:

  • Job portal for veterans
  • Recruitment of returning college graduates

Improve Incumbent Worker Skill Sets

Employers require access to training programs for current workers in the following areas:

  • Maintenance
  • Programmable Logic Control (PLC)
  • Leadership/Management
  • Soft Skills

Develop Future Workforce

To build the future workforce, manufacturers must pursue more engagement with local high schools through programs such as: