how will the bay area meet future workforce needs?
The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee convened Thursday (Oct. 5) to give an update on the Council’s work to improve the number of qualified candidates from community colleges for jobs with our member companies. Our program includes first giving transparency to the needs of employers across industry while building occupational council’s that will convene with educators to align curriculum and classroom engagement with students prior to recruitment. Committee Co-Chair Teresa Briggs, who is Vice Chair and West Region Managing Partner for Deloitte, led a thought-provoking conversation with Darren Oliver, Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast, and Tyler Law, Vice President of Product for workforce startup Scoutible on the future of hiring talent. Scoutible uses gaming to help candidates find well suited jobs that lowers a company’s turnover rate. Comcast is already piloting a sentiment analysis tool for its high turnover customer service jobs.
Rock Pfontenhauer, Chair of the Bay Area Community College Consortium, and John Carrese, Director of the San Francisco Bay Center of Excellence, presented the partnership with the Bay Area Council defining the target markets of support that include utilities/infrastructure, healthcare, technology, and financial services to start. Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman opened the meeting by describing how the Council’s role in workforce is not only improving the connection between employers and educators but increasing access to innovation jobs across industries for all Californians. “Educators from both four year and two year colleges want their students to get jobs and have upward mobility so they can afford to live in the Bay Area,” Wunderman said. Our thanks to Deloitte for hosting the meeting. To engage in the Council’s workforce policy and programs, please contact Senior Vice President, Linda Bidrossian.