The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce and Cayuga Economic Development Agency are seeking input from Cayuga County employers regarding their hiring and training practices, challenges, and needs. Employers can provide input on this increasingly critical issue by taking the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CayugaWorkforce. All employers, including businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities, in Cayuga County are encouraged to participate in this important assessment. The results of this survey will help guide the development of training and recruitment resources, which will only be appropriate with a robust understanding of employers’ needs in these areas.
The availability and training of workers has been an ongoing concern for many employers, but recently the challenges in this area have become more pronounced. More employers have been reporting an inability to find qualified candidates to fill positions within their organizations, as well as challenges finding the appropriate training resources to improve the skills of new and existing employees. Hearing these concerns, Cayuga Strategic Solutions, a joint venture of the Cayuga Economic Development Agency and Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, formed a Workforce Development Taskforce consisting of board members and key training and workforce development partners. They worked with a larger group of workforce development partners within the County to develop the workforce assessment survey. This assessment will help to identify what types of positions employers are struggling to fill, as well as the level of demand for various types of training. The ultimate goal is to identify local solutions to improve the connections between employers and potential workers, as well as provide the resources necessary to ensure that the local workforce has the skills needed for the jobs that are available now and in the future.