The workforce skills gap has gained increasing national attention. A recent IMF analysis shows that the skills gap accounts for one-third of unemployment. Companies are struggling to find workers with critical skill sets. In turn, workers that do not attain or maintain the skill sets companies demand remain unemployed for extended periods of time.
The skills gap is a national issue, but solutions must be local to meet unique regional demands. To address the problem, Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties’ leading economic and workforce development organizations have convened to undertake gap analyses for Tampa Bay’s key industries. The analyses quantify the specific skill sets that employers require, and then develop actionable steps to create a pipeline of talent.
In constructing the gap analysis model for Tampa Bay, regional gap analyses were reviewed for best practices and guidance was given by other regions.
Tampa Bay’s gap analyses are unique because they quantify extremely detailed skills sets and certifications, which allows local companies, educators, and development organizations to develop actionable, measureable steps to increase the supply of these hard to find skill sets.
The first gap analysis for the Tampa Bay region, the Hillsborough-Pinellas IT Gap Analysis, was published in fall 2012. Based on industry engagement, a manufacturing gap analysis was initiated and was published in summer 2013. The economic and workforce development partners have now begun a financial & shared services gap analysis.
To learn more information about the Tampa Bay Gap Analyses or to see how you can help build the talent pipeline, please contact:
Programs Director, CareerSource Tampa Bay & CareerSource Pinellas