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Northeast Regional Labor Market Blueprint Released

Across Massachusetts, economic growth is currently constrained by a labor shortage that many jobseekers cannot fill because they don’t possess requisite skills. For the past nine months, in partnership with the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet, the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, and Greater Lowell Workforce Boards led a region-wide planning effort to develop strategies that bridge this gap. Included in this effort were the region’s workforce, economic development, education, and business leaders.

The resultant Northeast Regional Labor Market Blueprint outlines priority and critical industries and occupations and strategies to support these industries and occupations.

The Northeast Regional Labor Market Blueprint is available here

Future of Work on the North Shore Final Report

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The North Shore Workforce Investment Board (NSWIB) and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development (Alliance) joined forces in the early winter of 2016 to the North Shore Community on an 18 month research and planning initiative called the “The Future of Work on the North Shore“.

The Alliance and NSWIB are responsible for providing economic and workforce services to all North Shore companies and residents. Both organizations recognize the pace of social and economic change happening now and into the future. Together they are committed to understanding the vision, goals, barriers, and challenges that North Shore businesses are experiencing, or anticipate experiencing, and to developing solutions that result in continued growth and prosperity.

The NSWIB Labor Market Blueprint and Economic Development Snapshot, prepared in partnership with the Alliance in late 2015, provided a status report of the North Shore economy. This included a historic review of how the economy has been supported to date, what has and has not worked, and how the lessons learned can innovated for greater success.

The Future of Work on the North Shore sought out the opinions, ideas, and priorities of various North Shore industries sector leaders and stakeholders as they look forward. This information is being used to develop an Action Plan through which workforce and economic resources are used efficiently and expediently.

Read The Future of Work on the North Shore

Youth Labor Market Blueprint

Youth Labor Market Blueprint Cover

Choosing a career path can be confusing for today’s youth. This is a Youth Labor Market Blue Print that was made specifically for teens to navigate the labor market. We have highlighted some of the skills and requirements that they will need to find a good job or to begin a career path. The North Shore has a high concentration of stable industries that have historically employed a large number of North Shore residents. Employment in the region tends to have consistent patterns in good and bad economic times making the area a good choice to reside. However, the best employment prospect now have a high level of educational attainment or require several years of apprenticeship training. Teens can use the Youth Labor Market Blue Print to discover the different North Shore industries. The Youth Labor Market Blue Print will help match a youth’s own abilities and aptitude with the career opportunities available throughout the North Shore.

Youth Labor Market Blue Print Poster are available to education providers free of charge. Posters are 18X24 and feature descriptive elements of the Youth Labor Market Blue Print with a QR code that links to the document. Interested parties should contact the WIB office for a free copy of the Youth Labor Market Blue Print Poster.

STEM Industry Profiles

Last year the WIB hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summit that brought guidance counselors from local area high schools and employers together. The summit focused on the importance of STEM careers for North Shore employers and the skills needed to obtain these careers. Participating Employers included Analogic, Mircoline Surgical, Applied Materials, Fleet Machine, North Shore Innoventures, New England Biolabs, and EBSCO Information Services. Guidance counselors all had one-on-one time with representative from each company. After the event, the WIB produced STEM Industry Profiles based on the information given by our employer representatives. The STEM Industry Profiles are listed below and are based on the line of business of the employers who attended the event. These profiles provide a resource for youth development professionals to share with teens on STEM careers available on the North Shore.

STEM Profile Medical Devices

STEM Profile Biotechnology

STEM Profile Advanced Manufacturing

STEM Profile Information Technology

Online Learning Report

In an effort to improve services to One-Stop Career Center customers, the North Shore WIB has conducted a survey of several colleges and university faculty on the prevalence of online courses. Conducted in conjunction with Salem State University, Endicott Colllege, and North Shore Community College, the online learning survey sought to determine the current depth, availability, and suitability of online training for Career Center customers. The impetus for the online learning survey came from focus groups of One-Stop Career Center customers who had requested that training options be available through online or hybrid courses.

The online survey found that the role of technology is changing the delivery of services throughout higher education. Online and hybrid courses have expanded the accessibility of services and options available to students. Our survey results found that nearly every subject could be offered in an online format depending on a particular institutions offering. Student success with online learning came down to two main indicators, self-motivation and time management. With online learning, students have more responsibility for their own learning and progress compared to traditional on the ground courses. This requires students to have the motivation to continue through a course without the accountability that comes from face-to-face interaction with their professor. Time management skills become highly important as students need to manage their course work independently to meet deadlines.

A one page summary of the Online Learning Survey is available.

Click here for the full Online Learning Report

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