One thing that’s becoming more and more important for growing communities is the relationship between businesses and local colleges. Here in southeast Idaho the Idaho Business for Education is helping grow those relationships.
Idaho Business for Education is conducting a survey to find out what Idaho’s current and future workforce needs are.
“This survey itself is to try to make an assessment of the skills that businesses are hiring now, and then possibly what advanced skills that they might need in the future” said CEO of Grow Idaho Falls Linda Martin.
“It’s pretty clear that the level of education is going up as businesses use more and more computers to help them in their manufacturing or sales process” said Idaho Falls’ CEO of the Bank of Idaho, Park Price.
This survey is not only for business leaders in southeast Idaho, but leaders around the state.
“Eastern Idaho may have a slightly different profile for their workforce than say other parts of the state, so that’s one reason why we have to have eastern Idaho be represented well in the whole outcome and results” continued Martin.
A Georgetown University study shows that by 2020 more than 60% of Idaho jobs will require some level of post-secondary education.
This survey is a result of presidents of Idaho’s colleges and universities hearing from businesses that their graduated students need more skills.
“So what we’ll do is as employers fill these survey’s out, we’ll share them with the presidents of these universities, the state board of education and I’m sure the department of education as well” continued Price.
Idaho Business for Education is asking businesses to fill out this survey as soon as possible.
You can find a copy of the survey here