At the recent Greater Spokane, Inc. Manufacturing Summit, Brian Burrow presented on new workforce initiatives to create a competitive workforce for area manufacturers. Burrow is working for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing and is tasked with expanding the use of work readiness assessments throughout the state.
Burrow spent the previous year with the SAWDC to launch a project, called Work Ready Spokane, which uses a national work readiness assessment to demonstrate a potential employee’s workplace skills. It has proven to have application in secondary and post-secondary education as well as workforce and economic development.
The workshop also addressed ways employers can connect with the upcoming workforce including, the SAWDC’s newest initiative,Inspire Washington. Inspire Washington is a new online community to connect students, job seekers and educators to local businesses for internships, work-based learning, job shadows, company tours and more.
Additionally, the tool can help to inspire students to stay in or return to the Spokane region by exposing them to the many great career opportunities available in our community. The site will also help promote local businesses to a wide-range of potential employees. About 40 people, most from local manufacturing companies, participated in the workshop. The group was engaged, and many are interested in learning more about the initiatives.
Story taken from Spokane Area Workforce Development Council newsletter