Employer input needed in survey

PARKERSBURG – The Workforce Investment Board of the Mid-Ohio Valley will release a brief survey around June 10 on existing and future employer needs in its nine-county region of Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood.

The survey is part of a comprehensive workforce assessment undertaken by the board with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, local economic development organizations and education partners to understand the region’s strengths and opportunities for future economic growth.

The results will be used by multiple partners to guide employment and training development in the region in line with employer demands.

“The study is very important to our work,” said Cam Huffman, president and CEO of the Area Roundtable. “It will provide economic developers in the region with a better understanding of where our economy is headed and what employers need and want from their current and future workforce.”

Employer participation in the survey will aid the agency and its partners create strategies toward building a talented and qualified workforce in the region.

“Ultimately, our goal is to strengthen businesses and the broader regional economy,” said Joyce Okes, board program director.

The board coordinates employment and training programs across the region. Formed as part of federal funding and mandates issued by the Workforce Investment Act, the local board works to ensure job seekers and employees have the skills needed by area employers.

Types of activities provided include work readiness skills, classroom training, and on the job training. The WIB MOV also operates a youth program to assist low income young adults in developing work skills.