Employer Talent Pipeline
Driven by Employer Demand
Two of the STEM Networks, based at Delta and Mid Michigan College, have focused their efforts on the key findings related to the first of the four requirements for STEM Impact report. Specifically, the report urges the creation of a robust STEM talent pipeline driven by employer demand and cites the following key findings related to this goal:
- Economic growth is constrained due to challenges finding qualified STEM talent.
- Employers struggle to find STEM talent due to a lack of technical skills, soft skills, and required experience.
- It is difficult to get a clear picture of the region’s talent needs because of a lack of transparency around current and future (short-term) demand.
- Employer job expectations are confusing due to a lack of common language used across industries and between industry and education. (STEM Impact Initiative, 2014, p. 6)
The GLBRA STEM Networks at Delta and at Mid have now been operating for two years. The Colleges and the Network leaders have worked diligently on behalf of GLBRA to nurture these new entities. As a result, relationships between Network members have been strengthened and activities have been focused on responding to the GLBRA challenges identified above.
In addition, two significant work products have been produced:
- The Employer Toolkit from the GLBR Network at Mid (see link in sidebar), and
- The DACUM analyses in nursing and welding from the GLBR Network at Delta.
The GLBR Alliance may justifiably count as a further success the proposals set forth by each of these Networks. These proposals were evidence that the Network members were prepared to continue their work with GLBR Alliance, infusing STEM innovation into the regional culture. Each Network proposal was employer driven and each responded to the key challenges identified in the STEM Impact report.
Mid Michigan College - Employer Talent Pipeline
Delta College - Employer Talent Pipeline