As part of an expanded Occupational Needs Assessment, surveys are underway in the month of February 2013 to learn from employers and the self-employed across Alaska what are the jobs and skill sets in their workplace that present the greatest hiring challenges and potential solutions to those challenges. With industry input, the surveys are tailored to the unique aspects of each sector or type of FSM-related work. From this data and existing sources of information, the Industry Advisory Committee will identify high priority occupations/skill sets and strategies to strengthen the FSM workforce in key areas. Surveys close February 28, 2013.
If you would like to participate in one of these surveys, please contact:
Paula Cullenberg (274-9692), Torie Baker (424-7542) or click here to complete the online survey.
Research, Conservation, Management:
Michele Masley (843-1996) or click here to complete the online survey.
Toward a statewide FSM Workforce Development Plan
By early 2014, the Industry Advisory Committee and UA Working Group aim to develop a statewide, comprehensive, industry-led Workforce Development (WFD) Plan document that will identify broad WFD strategies within and across FSM sectors and specific strategies for highest priority occupations and skill sets. Strategies will identify rationale, actions, timeline, responsible parties, resources and expected outcomes. Recommendations for future FSM Coalition work will also be identified. University of Alaska will be one of many responsible parties in the state who will prepare an academic Response Plan based on the comprehensive WFD Plan. Discussion continues toward the formation of a longer-term FSM Coalition based on the AK Health Alliance model.