WORKFORCE DATA COLLABORATIVE RELEASES SECOND SURVEY TO IDENTIFY WORKFORCE BARRIERS IN BROOKFIELD/MAULDIN
Workforce Data Collaborative to conduct research to guide workforce initiatives in Brookfield/Mauldin
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 5, 2018
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(Greenville, SC) The Workforce Data Collaborative is surveying employers and employees in the Brookfield/Mauldin area to identify barriers to workforce participation and career progression. The survey will be available until October 5, 2018 and results will be shared with business leaders and policymakers to inform solutions.
Area organizations formed the Workforce Data Collaborative (WDC) in April of 2018 to conduct the research critical to advancing Greenville’s economic development. Partnering organizations include Greenville Chamber, Greenville Area Development Corporation, Appalachian Council of Governments and SC Works.
The WDC identified four major barriers to employment and career progression, including transportation, child care, affordable housing and criminal records. The Brookfield/Mauldin survey will focus on each of these key areas.
“It’s imperative that employers and employees alike take the survey to inform efforts to remove workforce barriers and help prioritize solutions,” said Carlos Phillips, Greenville Chamber President/CEO. “Availability of a skilled workforce continues to be the number one issue facing Upstate employers and this survey will help business and community leaders make informed decisions to expand the labor pool and build a stronger workforce.”
The analysis will be shared with business leaders and policymakers to inform administrative, regulatory or policy changes to enhance workforce participation.
The first phase of data collection covered the downtown area (29601) and included a transportation-focused survey. Other areas being surveyed this year include the Donaldson/SCTAC area.
The Brookfield/Mauldin survey will be available through October 5, 2018 and is available in English and Spanish. The survey can be found at http://www.greenvillechamber.org/workforce.