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Workforce Development
Workforce Matters: 3.2015
Workforce Matters is a quarterly newsletter from the North Dakota Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division that informs private and public partners about the latest workforce news.

Use this as a resource for tips on how to recruit talent for your business, ways to engage newly hired employees, and success stories from companies who have used state programs to achieve a goal.  

Eventide: Attracting and Retaining Health Care Workers

‚ÄčEventide is a growing organization with an ever-increasing need for health care workers. They feel it is just as important to retain current talent as it is to attract new employees. Here’s how Eventide is bucking national trends by continuing to grow their health care employee base in North Dakota. In a region with less than three percent unemployment, coupled with the incredible demand for all levels of health care workers around the country, Eventide is continuing to stay on the positive gain side of the equation.

Attracting New Talent Strategies
• Paid CNA training program and testing, a $1,400 value to enrollees along with preferred placement in one of our campuses
• Genuine employee engagement strategies that focus on company culture directly tied to employee feedback
• Involving employees in culture teams at each location
• Commitment to maintaining more than competitive wages, including development of a robust compensation system that can respond with precision to marketplace pressure and avoids using tactics just because other companies are doing so
• Improved focus on what is important to the employee; based on employee input, we have implemented new employee referral, scholarship, and student loan repayment programs
Retaining Current Talent Strategies
• Empowering employee teams to problem solve and make improvements in their daily work environments through a Quality Lean Process
• Company culture focus to make improvements directly related to employee feedback
• Providing English Language Learner classes
• Customized consulting for supervisors to enhance employee relationships and result in higher quality resident interactions
• Creating development opportunities through partnerships with educational institutions and a variety of agencies that result in growth for all parties
• Launching a new Interdisciplinary Leadership program
• Developing a renewed performance management system that focuses on areas that are important to the organization
• Researching new recognition and reward systems based on employee input and in alignment with strategic and vision goals
Eventide is preparing to open a campus in Fargo this summer. They continue to expand upon their positive net recruitment gains. Working on the attractiveness of the organization to new employees, while making sure to show appreciation for current employees, and creating career opportunities from within has been their key to adding and keeping qualified staff members.

To learn more about Eventide’s employment offerings and open positions, visit their website or contact Janelle Klinke.

North Dakota Tops in STEM Job Growth

North Dakota led the nation in growth of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) jobs between 2004 and 2014 adding 37.1 percent to its STEM workforce of engineers, technicians, and scientists. Yet STEM jobs represent just 3.3 percent of all jobs in North Dakota, ranking 44th among all states. Despite this growth, North Dakota remains towards the bottom for concentration of STEM jobs. Projections in 2014 indicate that North Dakota is projected to need to fill 5,351 over the next five years. More than 3,200 of those openings will be due to growth – projected at 19 percent -- from 2014-2019.

The North Dakota STEM Network recently released a new data report on the state’s STEM workforce: the State of STEM in North Dakota: 2014. The report explains the shifts in STEM jobs in the state over the past decade, looks at the industries driving STEM growth, and lists trends in STEM degree production by North Dakota institutions.

The ND STEM Network is hosting its second annual ND STEM Strategies Conference April 16-18 in West Fargo. Visit NDSTEM.org to see the agenda and all the details.

Update on Find the Good Life in North Dakota

foundation.jpgResearch was conducted to help determine the best strategies for the Find the Good Life initiative going forward. The study targeted residents 18 years of age or older who had relocated to North Dakota with in the past 5 years. A total of 356 questionnaires were analyzed. 

Key findings include:
• Half of the respondents had been in the state for two years or less.
• Most new residents came to North Dakota for a job.
• About half came to be closer to loved ones and one-fourth came for reasons related to quality of life.
• One in three new residents had spent significant time in North Dakota prior to relocating here, most often during their childhood.
• Two-fifths of the new residents had friends or extended family in North Dakota and a majority had encouraged the new residents to move here.
• Half of new residents came from small towns or farming communities; nearly as many came from large metro cities or suburbs of metro cities.
• Less than one in five new residents maintains a residence in another state.
• Two-thirds of new residents were employed before relocating to North Dakota and one in five were students.
• New residents were equally likely to make the decision to come to North Dakota themselves as they were to make it with a spouse or significant other.
• The Internet and family/friends were the main information sources used by new residents prior to coming to North Dakota.
• Overall, new residents are pleased with their decision to come to North Dakota.

For more additional information contact Wayde Sick or to support the initiative, contact Terry Fleck, 701-223-9768.

Internship 101

internshipguide.JPG Due to innovations in workforce strategies, there has been a continued rise in internships. Being beneficial to both companies and students, these “test drive” experiences can open doors for possibilities of career exploration or potential networking opportunities. While internships allow for students to build their resumes, businesses can give back to their industry as well as promote individuals to permanent positions.
The Department of Commerce Youth Office has developed an internship guide to help businesses create a successful internship program or enhance an existing internship program.

Included in the guide:
  • Program benefits for both employer and student.
  • Talking points to consider before an internship begins.
  • Guidance to prepare for an intern.
  • An inventory checklist to determine program strength.
  • Announcement posting suggestions to advertise for intern candidates.
  • Available incentives that can be accessed.

The guide can be accessed electronically or requested from the Youth Office.

Governor's Workforce & HR Conference

ConferenceImage.JPGSave the date!
North Dakota Department of Commerce and North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management are planning this year’s conference in Fargo, September 16 and 17, at the Holiday Inn. "Creating Tomorrow's Traditions" is this year's theme. Look for a future email containing the registration link  but if you would like to sponsor or be an exhibitor in the vendor show, please contact Stephanie Winterquist.

Three Steps You Can Take to Hire More Veterans

Step One: Tell Veterans you want to hire them right in your job announcement.  Add a statement to your job posting, such as: Veterans are encouraged to apply or Veteran Friendly Employer. Ensure the statement is bold and obvious in the announcement. Let Veterans know that you are looking for them!

Step Two: Interview all Veterans that apply. For Veterans, resumes seldom relate all the skills, knowledge, and abilities they will bring to your organization (because they will not all fit on the typical 1-2 one page resume). Additionally, military jargon on a resume may often be misinterpreted. Give the Veteran an opportunity to tell you, in person, what they have done – and more importantly, what they can do for you!

Step Three:  Consider substituting military experience for educational requirements in the minimum qualifications for employment. Most often, Veterans were serving their country while their peers were going to college.

For more information on hiring Veterans contact Marlys Morgenstern at Job Service North Dakota or Brandi Bender at the ND Department of Commerce.

Connect with North Dakota workforce development programs

  • Job Service North Dakota – Post jobs, search resumes, receive applications, and access current labor market information, all online. Business services consultants meet personally with employers and assist in developing recruitment strategies that may include company-specific hiring events, labor market information and suggestions for creating effective job postings on the state’s primary job exchange website.
  • Operation Intern – Available to North Dakota employers for North Dakota students, this program provides up to $3,000 in matching funds per student, per term for a maximum of $6,000 per student, and a maximum of $30,000 per employer in a biennium. 
  • Apprenticeship  – Registered apprenticeship provides paid on-the-job training with related technical instruction in a highly skilled occupation. It is used for both non-union and union career opportunities. 
  • Workforce 20/20 – Provides matching funds to employers to offset the cost of training North Dakota incumbent workers and new employees. Training focus is on production, manufacturing – new methods or technology.
  • North Dakota New Jobs Training – Provides incentives to primary sector businesses that are creating new jobs. The program provides a means for businesses to obtain no-cost funding to offset workforce related cost associated with startup and training of new employees.
  • TrainND – State supported program for the four designated training institutions of higher education (Lake Region State College, North Dakota State College of Science, Bismarck State College and Williston State College). Provides comprehensive, customized worker training to meet employer-defined needs.
  • North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – Assists North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assists businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues.
  • Department of Public Instruction, Adult Education and Family Literacy Unit – Promotes and supports programs that help adults over the age of 16 obtain basic academic and educational skills to be productive workers, family members and citizens. 
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