Recently, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), KRA’s client for the operation of the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, sponsored a Workforce Conference: Future Employment in Our Priority Sectors, to share research data related to the Advanced Manufacturing, Clean/Renewable Energy, Health Care, Information Communication Technologies, and Life Sciences sectors, which are vital to the regional economy, experiencing rapid growth, and projecting skills shortages.
Approximately 150 career counselors and other economic/workforce development professionals; jobseekers; and policymakers, including Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) viewed PowerPoints and listened to panels of industry experts and employers.
Research findings, specific to each of the five sectors, were presented as they relate to current and future employment/training needs, the San Diego-specific labor market landscape, employers’ workforce needs, middle-skilled occupations, and industry drivers for new and emerging jobs.
Luncheon Keynoter Cindy Marten, Superintendant, San Diego Unified School District, spoke on the Integration of Career Pathway Initiatives in the classroom from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Maylynne Rayos, CWDP, Training Account Coordinator, reported, “Participating in industry events such as this is one way that KRA/San Diego keeps pace with current labor market trends, for the benefit of our jobseeker- and employer-customers in developing a stronger regional workforce.”