Strategies offered to reduce turnover

Turnover remains one of the highest costs of labor, as expressed by employers in the Joplin area as well as nationwide. Numerous national associations estimate turnover costs at 50-75% of an employee’s annual salary. According to social think tank FSG, such losses are expected to climb as turnover rises across industries from healthcare to banking.…

Sector Partners and Employer Solutions

Pathways offer employers a better way

SectorReady™ pathways use a supply chain approach aligning business needs and economic development strategies with local education and workforce systems to expand the region’s prosperity. SectorReady™ brings a new era of workforce excellence to employers. Progressive, Productive, Profitable Train Smarter:  expand pools of qualified candidates, Pinpoint skills needed for growth, refine education outcomes Spend Wisely:  reduce student…

Advance Technology Training Center

Signing ceremony formalizes partnerships for new training center

Signing ceremonies held Wednesday officially formalized the partnerships for Joplin’s new Advanced Training and Technology Center (JATTC). While sections of the center are currently open for the WIB and the business incubator, Crowder College will begin industry-driven training this August. The partnership consists of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Crowder College, and the…

March 2017 Pre-apprenticeship participants

Construction Trades Apprenticeship finishes strong

The WIB’s first-ever Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship finished strong with ten graduates recognized at a ceremony held Friday, March 17th at the Joplin Job Center. Funded by Catholic Charities together with a special apprenticeship grant to the WIB from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, other partners included Crowder College Training and Development Solutions, IBEW, and…

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WorkforceZone Winter 2017: Workforce Strategies On-Track Amidst Change

The Winter 2017 edition of the WorkforceZone, the region’s quarterly journal for workforce development, features the theme of Workforce Strategies On-Track Amidst Change. The 14-page magazine-style format may be downloaded as a printer-friendly and tablet-friendly PDF. Check out individual articles online here at WorkforceZone.net as well. Download:  WorkforceZone 2017-1 Winter Online ( PDF 11mb) Making Regional…

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Missouri improves in Rankings that Matter

The annual State of the States report from Site Selection magazine includes the third edition of  Rankings that Matter. Along with legislative, demographic, economic and education data points, the publisher also ranks all 50 states on elements relevant to corporate location decision-makers. Two of the six rankings cover workforce quality: Rank in total ACT National Career…