Both short-term and long-term training for your employees are vital to your success. Please complete this simple survey to assist us in creating or expanding effective programs and services for you. We will collect all responses and work with our partners to help solve the challenges and issues that you express. All responses will be held in confidentiality.

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* 1. Please Enter Your Contact Information

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* 2. Which industry does your company represent?

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* 3. How many full-time employees do you currently have?

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* 4. Do you have a current or anticipated need to hire new employees?

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* 5. Do you anticipate an upcoming reduction in the number of employees that you have?

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* 6. How many employees do you typically hire in a year due to natural turnover?

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* 7. Do you anticipate adding any additional employees in the next two years as the result of an expansion? If so, what type of new positions will be created (operator, maintenance tech, supervisor, etc.)?

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* 8. Identify the most common education deficiency(s) that prevent you from hiring workers?

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* 9. Which positions do you have the most difficulty finding the appropriate qualifications for?

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* 10. Which of the following basic skills are absent in your potential employees? (Check all that apply)

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* 11. Which technical skills, certifications, or credentials are most important to your company? (Check all that apply)

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* 12. What additional skills training would you like your employees to acquire? (Check all that apply)

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* 13. Does your company engage in skills upgrade training for existing employees? If so, please describe.

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* 14. Would you be interested in a grant to reduce a portion of the cost of customized workforce training?

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* 15. What type of "soft skill" training would you value in your employees?

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* 16. Do you currently hire individuals with previous felony convictions? If not, would you consider hiring after successfully completing a workforce reentry program?

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* 17. Are you familiar with the Ready to Work Program

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* 18. Do you favor candidates who have completed the Ready to Work Program in your hiring process?

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* 19. Would you be open to giving those that have completed the Ready to Work Program priority interview?

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* 20. Which training providers are you currently working with to help meet your workforce needs?

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* 21. Please briefly describe the programs your company is involved in with these training providers.

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* 22. Does your company currently have an apprenticeship program?

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* 23. Would you like to receive more information on the programs and opportunities mentioned above?

Thank you for your participation!

Your input is vital to addressing the workforce needs of Shelby County and the Birmingham region. 

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