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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

February 2, 2022

Strategies for Engaging with Minnesota’s BIPOC Workforce

11am to 12pm
12pm to 12:30pm Unplugged - Q & A

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Join us for an engaging discussion to learn about strategies for engaging and supporting Minnesota’s BIPOC Workforce. Hear from a panel of employers and subject matter experts on promising practices for hiring and retaining BIPOC talent. 

Be sure to check out our optional “Workforce Wednesday: Unplugged” immediately following the event for an extra 30 minutes of Q & A and the opportunity to turn your camera on, unmute yourself, and ask questions directly to the Regional Workforce Consultants, as well as the session’s panelists.

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: jessica.miller@state.mn.us

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

Innovative Recruiting Strategies: Connecting with Today’s Workforce - January 5, 2022

Join DEED’s Workforce Strategy Consultants as we discuss one of the biggest challenges for employers today, Recruitment. Learn from health care employers in our state how they are implementing a variety of innovative strategies to grow their workforce to meet our state's critical needs. These strategies are applicable to any sector and can be implemented by both small and large employers.

Guest Presenters

     

    Strategies and Support for Innovative Child Care Solutions - December 1

    Join DEED’s Workforce Strategy Consultants as we tackle one of the economy’s most vexing workforce issues: child care!  In Greater Minnesota alone, there is a need for more than 40,000 additional slots. To address this growing crisis, communities and employers across the state are partnering to develop innovative solutions.  We’ll talk to those working in this space who will share some of the novel approaches being developed, and touch on some of the resources that employers and others can use to improve outcomes in their communities.

    Guest Presenters
    Additional Workshop Resources

     

    Realizing the Value of Untapped Talent Pools: Engaging Our Immigrant & Refugee Workforce - November 3, 2021

    Join DEED's Workforce Strategy Consultants for a discussion focused on examples of partnerships between businesses and community-based organizations to access immigrant and refugee talent pools in Minnesota. Hear perspectives and promising practices for creating win-win employment partnerships. Be sure to check out our optional “Workforce Wednesday: Unplugged” immediately following the event for an extra 30 minutes of Q & A and the opportunity to turn your camera on, unmute yourself, and ask questions directly to the Regional Workforce Consultants, as well as the session’s panelists.  

    Guest Presenters

     

    Manufacturing in Minnesota: Diversifying Your Workforce - October 6, 2021

    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. 

    Guest Presenters
    Additional Workshop Resources

     

    Resident Recruitment and Welcoming Communities Initiatives - September 1, 2021

    One of the greatest challenges in workforce today is the shortage of labor. OMne 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.