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Mississippi Works: Built to Prepare, Connect, and Sustain

a High-quality Workforce for Economic Growth

Governor Bryant and the State Workforce Investment Board are focusing on workforce solutions at the Governor’s Workforce Summit scheduled for January 23, 2019 at the Jackson Marriott. Business and workforce development leaders from Mississippi and across the U.S. will come together to invest in Mississippi’s future by providing resources, tools and strategies to strengthen the state’s workforce.

Upon taking office in 2012, Governor Bryant made a pledge to ensure that every Mississippian has a job. By attending the Governor’s Workforce Summit, stakeholders in all parts of our workforce – employers, business owners, state agencies, education and training providers, and economic developers – can help fulfill that pledge by cultivating an effective workforce system based on three key components:

Prepare High-Performance Workforce – Education is preparation. Mississippi is going beyond traditional academics to prepare our workforce to gain industry-specific credentials. Whether entering the job market for the first time, filling skills gaps for a career change, or seeking new credentials for new opportunities, Mississippi’s workforce will be prepared at every education level for occupations with higher earning power.

Connect Workforce on Demand – Connecting people with jobs and connecting businesses with a skilled labor force – in real time – is the essence of Workforce on Demand. This model gives companies located in Mississippi a unique advantage by identifying the right labor pool, connecting the pool with jobs, and verifying skills to ensure the right person for the right job is found at the right time. This approach reduces uncertainty and costs while providing opportunities for success for both employers and employees.

Sustain Business & Industry Engagement – By aligning workforce strategies, such as apprenticeships, with hiring cycles, Mississippi businesses can capitalize on a precision labor pool. Industry associations can function as workforce brokers in their specialized sectors. The goal is to create a pipeline that channels Mississippi’s high-performance workforce into occupations that fulfill dynamic industry needs.

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