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Workforce Strategy Consultants share what works with Minnesota employers

Minnesota employers, you're invited to join in a monthly discussion of current workforce challenges and solutions.

Join the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Workforce Strategy Consultant team the first Wednesday of the month from 11am to 12pm. This series of virtual meetings focuses on highlighting proven strategies to build talent pipelines, hearing and sharing best practices, and networking with other Minnesota employers about all things workforce. Join us to learn:

  • How to increase your number of applicants and new hires  
  • About tools for reviewing and enhancing your current training programs  
  • Ways to enhance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within your workplace 
  • How to be recognized as an employer of choice in your industry 

Upcoming Events

All events are virtual (held on Teams) from 11am to 12pm on the first Wednesday of the month

October 6, 2021

Manufacturing in Minnesota: Diversifying Your Workforce

Join DEED's Workforce Strategy Consultants for a discussion focused on reaching underutilized talent pools to fill manufacturing positions, getting the word out about employment opportunities in the field and what working in the sector is really like today. Currently, the manufacturing workforce in Minnesota is 70% male and 83% white. The next generation of workers will be a much more racially and ethnically diverse workforce, so it is important to provide an entry point into the manufacturing industry for youth from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, as well as for young women. This virtual meeting will focus on highlighting proven strategies to build talent pipelines; hearing and sharing best practices; and networking with other Minnesota employers about diversifying your workforce. Register Now

November 3, 2021 Construction in Minnesota
December 1, 2021 Tools & Resources for Upskilling Your Workforce: Breaking Down Minnesota's Funding Opportunities
January 5, 2022

Health Care In Minnesota: Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging With Youth

January is Health Care Month in Minnesota, a time workforce development partners, employers and others across the state focus on raising awareness about and breaking down barriers to careers in health care.

February 2, 2022 Realizing the Value of Untapped Talent Pools: Engaging With Our BIPOC Workforce
March 2, 2022 Realizing the Value of Untapped Talent Pools: Engaging With Our Workforce With Disabilities
April 6, 2022 Realizing the Value of Untapped Talent Pools: Engaging With Our Second Chance Workforce
May 4, 2022 Realizing the Value of Untapped Talent Pools: Engaging With Our Aging Workforce
June 1, 2022 Realizing the Value of Untapped Talent Pools: Engaging With Our Immigrant, Refugee, & Asylee Workforce
July 6, 2022 Realizing the Value of Untapped Talent Pools: Engaging With Our Emerging Workforce

Recordings and Resources from Past Events

Resident Recruitment and Welcoming Communities Initiatives - September 1, 2021

One of the greatest challenges in workforce today is the shortage of labor. One way to address this is to attract new residents into your community, but that could be easier said than done. Join us on September 1st, where the Workforce Strategy Consultants have gathered a roundtable of experts to discuss local resident recruitment efforts and workforce. In this virtual event, we will discuss the challenges of a resident recruitment effort, what’s been effective, what was not, and what local community and business leaders can do to attract talent to their area and workers to their companies.

Guest Presenters

Amy Baldwin

Elissa Hansen

Len Bakken

Additional Workshop Resources


Recruiting and Hiring a Diverse Workforce - August 4, 2021

According to DEED's Labor Market Office, Minnesota's population between 2018-2038 is expected to increase by 11.3%. The fastest and largest increases coming from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities, some seeing as high as a 74.5% increase. The face of Minnesota's job seekers and professionals will look much different than it is currently. It's important for employers to develop strategies for reaching out to these talent pools.

Join us for an in depth discussion on diversity recruiting and hiring in today's workforce. Hear from employers on their strategies for recruiting from these communities including successes, setbacks, and advice for future recruiting. While the topic of diversity recruiting and hiring isn't a new to workforce development, applying the best strategies and practices can be a challenge. Advancing workplace diversity is more important today than ever before.

Guest Presenters
Additional Workshop Resources

Building Inclusion: Preparing For and Retaining a Diverse Workforce - July 7, 2021

Join us to learn how rural communities in Northwest Minnesota are engaging with business to address hidden bias in the workplace, recognizing inclusive employers and connecting them with diverse talent pools. Chet Bodin leads July's webinar as we talk about the Inclusive Workforce Employer (I-WE) Designation and the Community Workforce Inclusion Council (CWIC). A Community Workforce Inclusion Council (CWIC) brings together a diverse group of community members to provide feedback to area employers as they develop inclusive workforce practices, in effect improving long-term employment outcomes. Employers who engage with CWICs and demonstrate an inclusive culture are recognized with the Inclusive Workforce Employer (I-WE) Designation. Recognized I-WE employers are promoted as such within the communities and networks represented by the CWIC.

Additional Workshop Resources

Tapping Into Today's Workforce - June 2, 2021

This session will focus on navigating through the needs of today's workforce and highlight best practices from around the state showcasing ways in which employers have pivoted to meet those needs. We will also share strategies to connect with your potential workforce in a time when face-to-face opportunities are limited and often time prevented.