To maintain a vibrant and prosperous economy, our region must have a talented workforce — educated, trained and ready — for emerging opportunities in the 21st century economy.
Valley Vision has defined the route to get there:
- Identify skill gaps
- Promote educational pathways
- Assess future employment needs
- Improve linkages across industry sectors
- Support access to workforce training
Our objective is to increase regional economic prosperity by aligning skills development and educational opportunities that create pathways to high-quality jobs.
Our Metric: Increase the percentage of the population with a post high school certificate or degree to 45% by 2027.
The Capital Region faces a critical skills gap where workers are not learning the right skills to meet high-growth industry demand, causing employers an inability to fill vacant positions. Valley Vision is addressing this issue by:
- Providing research to clarify where high-growth jobs will occur in the next ten years
- Improving the talent pipeline by increasing coordination between employers and educators
- Improving the employer advisory systems to make it easier for employers to engage
- Ensuring that students are ready for employment by increasing the number of internships and work-based opportunities for students in the region.
In order for our regional economy to retain talent and grow economically, we are increasing the alignment between employment and education and training opportunities. This will help students and workers access the educational pathways they need.