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Workforce Development
Workforce E-Newsletter September 2014
The North Dakota Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division has created an electronic newsletter to keep private and public partners abreast on the latest workforce news affecting our state. This quarterly electronic newsletter is for employers, Regional Education Associations and economic development councils.
This E-newsletter will feature information such as 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. 
To sign up for this free electronic newsletter visit NDWorkforce.com and click sign up for e-news.  Simply check Workforce Development. 

Employer Highlight of the Quarter 

When it comes to recruiting new talent, KK BOLD advertising agency in Bismarck and Minot sees the prospect of hiring out-of-state employees quite differently than it did just a few years ago.

“At one time, we were skeptical out-of-state new hires wouldn’t stay in North Dakota,” said LaRoy Kingsley, KK BOLD president. “Now we cast a wide net when looking for creative and IT professionals to join our team, knowing the Bismarck/Mandan and Minot areas have so much more to offer prospective employees. Good jobs will bring them to North Dakota, but opportunities to thrive will keep them here.”  

Kingsley cites a number of upshots from the area’s robust economy as contributors to the attractiveness of the communities. “People are pleasantly surprised by the entertainment and lifestyle choices available here,” he said. “Recent college graduates who, at one time, may have left for the Twin Cities are giving North Dakota a closer look.  Add to that the increased likelihood of couples both finding employment, and you have an environment where people want to put down roots.”  

But this new-found attractiveness comes with challenges, Kingsley said. New hires are surprised by the cost and competitiveness of obtaining housing in Bismarck/Mandan and Minot. Still, he said, he senses greater satisfaction with living in the area.

And, as an employer, Kingsley appreciates the fresh perspectives out-of-state talent brings to his team. “We all win when we’re exposed to people from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences,” he said. “North Dakota is no longer one big homogenous group of people. In the creative business, that kind of challenge stretches us and strengthens what we have to offer our clients.”

For more information on KK BOLD visit kkbold.com

North Dakota Compass, A Data Resource

‚ÄčMany North Dakota communities face significant changes, opportunities and challenges. This is especially the case for many western communities in North Dakota impacted by energy development. Those interested in obtaining data on social indicators for areas within North Dakota must spend valuable resources compiling information from different data providers. Most small and mid-sized communities are not well positioned to accomplish this, and many larger communities are duplicating efforts.

North Dakota Compass, a resource for reliable, accurate and unbiased data and information, fills this important need for North Dakota communities. North Dakota Compass is dynamic and ready to adapt to the state’s needs and provides timely and relevant information to make informed decisions, measure progress and inspire action.  
Current topics and tools on the website include aging, children and youth, civic engagement, demographics, disparities, early childhood, economy, education, environment, health, housing, workforce, geographic profiles and the Community Building Toolkit, which is helps community leaders identify capital to create educated action plans.
Visit North Dakota Compass for more information. 

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Join us at the 2014 Governor's Workforce & Human Resource Conference: Working Together, October 8-9, at the Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck.

For information on the agenda, speakers, and to register, click here.


Workforce Survey to Identify Training Opportunities

We are in the process of creating a comprehensive list of all the existing Workforce Development programs, both public and private, in North Dakota. The goal of this survey is to locate possible gaps in training that aren’t available, allow for duplication of successful programs on a state level and help employers and providers market the available training programs. 

If you are interested in participating, complete the survey now.

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Find the Good Life in North Dakota is a workforce recruitment initiative started by the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation. It is a private/public sector funded program designed to help solve the greatest challenge facing our business community: workforce development, recruitment and retention. The goal is to raise $2.5 million which will fund a comprehensive two-year campaign that began May 2014.
The foundation development directors are currently visiting with businesses across the state to gain their support for this effort. Companies or individuals wishing to make a donation to the Find a Good Life initiative should contact:
Eastern ND - David Williamson, 651-485-8101
Western ND - Terry Fleck, 701-223-9768

Available North Dakota Workforce Development Programs

  • Job Service North Dakota – With Job Service North Dakota, employers can post jobs, search resumes and 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 – A state funded program available to North Dakota employers for North Dakota students. The 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 is a structured training program combining 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. 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. Designed to help North Dakota’s employers maximize productivity and excel in global competition.

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