Governor’s Workforce Board Industry News Update

Tech Collective publishes IT Skills Gap study and announces public forums
The Tech Collective, the GWB’s Industry
 Partner in information technology and bioscience, recently released its “Why IT Works” report, which identifies state-wide IT workforce skills gaps, explores education and career pathways, and offers recommendations to move forward. Click here to download the full report and read more about the study.
In February, the Tech Collective will release a Bioscience Skills Gap. Following these reports will be a Skills Gap Series of three panel discussion events per industry, focusing on industry, government and education. Moderated by WPRO 630am’s Steve Klamkin, the forums will provide an opportunity to discuss the report’s findings as well as current and future initiatives the state can undertake to grow and innovate in these industries.
The first Skills Gap Series Forum will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Save the Bay, Providence.  Click here for more information or to attend.
Defense Industry Partnership helps youth develop crucial skills in maritime cybersecurity
The Defense Industry Partnership is strengthening workforce development opportunities in maritime cybersecurity for college students through a targeted training grant from the GWB.
In conjunction with Raytheon, the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) has created a cybersecurity practicum program, which provides experiential-learning opportunities to undergraduate- and graduate-level students from Rhode Island universities.
“This experience has proven invaluable as it provided me with practical skills that are directly applicable to jobs,” said one of the fall 2013 interns that gained experience at Raytheon and the Rhode Island State Police. “As a result, I have updated my resume with credentials that separate me from the pack when applying to jobs.”
Through the program, the intern acquired skills in network forensics, technical report writing, IDS/IPS device installation, and HTML coding.  Click here to read more about SENEDIA’s workforce development efforts in maritime cybersecurity and Electric Boat’s trade occupations.

Manufacturing Industry Partnership releases skills gap study:
The Manufacturing Industry: Producing Rhode Island’s Future

The Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MIP) led by the Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Service, in partnership with the RI Manufacturers Association and Workforce Strategy Center, has worked to identify challenges with recruiting and retaining qualified workers within manufacturing in Rhode Island. Through hosting focus groups, researching labor market information, and organizing a Manufacturing Summit in May 2013, the MIP uncovered seven policy, education and industry challenges, which are highlighted in its new skills gap study.
The report concludes with the following four valuable recommendations of ways that the MIP, educators and stakeholders can help grow the industry:
  • Utilize the results of the initial Goodness of Fit Studies to finalize curricula and launch new programs
  • Address the skills gaps through the development of bridge programs contextualized to manufacturing
  • Develop a marketing plan to promote the new educational programs among Rhode Island manufacturers to engage them in recruitment and hiring of program graduates
  • Engage state leaders and the funding community to get behind the MIP efforts to launch new programs and promote the industry
Click here to download the full report.

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