Skilled workforce continues to be a top priority for employers throughout our state.  A high quality workforce is Sylacauga's (Sylacauga area) best long-term economic development strategy.  We need your help to understand your company's evolving workforce needs.  The results of the survey will be incorporated into the Workforce Community Forum to be held April 29, 2021 at 9:00 am at the B. B. Comer Memorial Library Auditorium. 

 The Forum will be facilitated by Josh Laney, Director of the Alabama Apprenticeship Program.  Your concerns and questions will be addressed in an open discussion format guided by Mr. Laney.  Please take a moment to answer the questions in the survey as they will guide the discussion.

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* 1. I am...

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* 2. Over the next year, do you expect to hire new employees?

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* 3. Generally speaking, when you hire new employees, are they ready to work or do they need additional skills training?

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* 4. Which of the following do you believe will be disruptive for your business over the next 10 years? Select all that apply.

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* 5. How have you modified your talent development and/or strategies due to changes in technology?

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* 6. How concerned are you about the lack of key skills (employability skills, soft skills, digital skills) as a threat to your business?

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* 7. Is your organization currently engaged in any public-private partnerships regarding workforce training or skills development, including partnerships with local universities, community/state colleges, technical centers/colleges, or local workforce training organizations?

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* 8. If yes to question 7, please explain:

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* 9. Does your company provide work-based learning opportunities?

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* 10. Do you anticipate the need to provide your current employees with reskilling/upskilling to meet emerging workforce needs?

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* 11. Is your company currently investing in digital (online/virtual) training?

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* 12. Does your company provide tuition reimbursement for reskilling workers?

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* 13. Are you aware of local, state, and/or federal programs to help train employees?

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* 14. The Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce wants the Sylacauga region to have the best trained workforce in the state. What could the Chamber do to be a partner in providing education and training to your business and industry?

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* 15. What role has the pandemic played in your talent development and/or hiring strategies?

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* 16. What specific skillsets are you looking for in prospective employees? Some could be specific to your organization. 

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* 17. If you were in charge of training the Sylacauga region's future workforce, what would you do to make the region the best place for a talented workforce?

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* 18. City in which your company is located:

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* 19. Company name

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* 20. Your email address:

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* 21. Do you plan to attend the Workforce Development Community Forum on April 29th? 

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