Employers Discuss What They're Looking for in Workforce

By KBJR News 1

Employers Discuss What They're Looking for in Workforce

April 23, 2012 Updated Apr 23, 2012 at 6:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - More than 40 listening sessions are planned throughout the state with employers to gauge their current and future work force needs.

Different industry sectors will be covered in the sessions.

Today's was health care, and was held at St. Luke's in Duluth.

The Minnesota State Colleges and University, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development are all partnering to hear what employers around the state want and need from graduates.

"What we're trying to do is to make sure that our training facilities or training programs if you will do a better job of matching a changing economy with the available workers so really the comments we are getting from employers are the most important part of this process," said Bill Blazer, with the MN Chamber of Commerce.

Several other sessions pertaining to other industry sectors are being held at various locations around Duluth.

Transportation - Lyric Conference Center
Holiday Inn and Suites
200 West 1st Street, Duluth on Tuesday, April 24th at 9:30AM

IT - Northland Country Club
3901 East Superior Street, Duluth on Thursday, April 26th at 12:00PM

Energy - Minnesota Power
30 West Superior Street, Duluth on Monday, April 30th at 9:00AM

Manufacturing - Duluth International Airport
Skyline Conference Room 4701 Grinden Drive, Duluth on Wednesday, May 5th at 9:00AM