Here at the Chamber, we continue to hear from our member businesses and organizations about the challenges of finding the talent needed to compete and grow. The Chamber and Chamber Foundation are working to increase the awareness of local opportunities among students and their parents in helping to meet future needs. Many members have also told us that their organizations would welcome chances to engage with students to help them better understand the career opportunities available in the region.
We have been engaged with the Central PA Workforce Development Board (CPWDC), Career & Technical Education Administrators, PA CareerLink® staff, and other Chambers of Commerce to strategize the answer to the question: How might we get more students to see the value of pursuing a career in the skilled trades? One idea being pursued is the creation of an online career hub with a searchable database that helps match students with local employers offering career experiences, such as company tours, job shadowing, internships, and educator in the workplace tours.
The Columbia Montour Chamber and our Foundation are working with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, CPWDC and PA CareerLink® to collaboratively develop the platform, and we are seeking your input to make sure a site serving our area will be responsive to your needs. A brief survey has been developed to allow you to indicate what you would like to see in this career hub. We would appreciate it if you could let us know how this tool could be most beneficial to you and your business. To provide your input, please complete this survey by Wednesday, Dec. 6.