Wed, February 21, 2024

Employment

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$42 million to boost physician shortage challenges

The good news is that Georgia is growing. The bad news is the state has a huge shortage of doctors. Dr. David Hess, Dean of the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) made that point clear in his annual State of the College address. He said Georgia currently ranks 40th in the country in the number of primary care physicians. “All these counties, which are blue, or yellow are short, so there’s hardly any place that has enough physicians,” he said, using a slide to demonstrate the shortages. “And even worse,

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National workforce training program headed to Augusta

A program created by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) is coming to Augusta, one of just nine locations selected. The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce will partner with Augusta Technical College to select a cohort of adult learners of color who are underemployed or unemployed. The program will train them in an industry credential or degree. Details of the program are being worked out, but Sue Parr, President of the Augusta Metro Chamber, told ABD the first cohort will run for 18 months. “You know, it’s scary

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Students ready to dazzle employers

While job fairs are a popular way for businesses to attract new employees, students in Columbia County are flipping the script. The Columbia County School District (CCSD) is partnering with Columbia County, the Columbia County Chamber Foundation, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for the fourth annual CTAE (Career, Technical and Agricultural Education) Workforce Showcase Competition on Friday, Feb. 16. Brooks Smith, director of the school district’s CTAE programs, told ABD this showcase is also a competition for students to show off to potential employers the skills they are

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Georgia’s technical colleges to help businesses find temporary, non-citizen, workers

A program that helps employers hire non-U.S. citizens for their businesses is now being coordinated by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). An announcement on the TCSG website said they will take over managing Georgia’s Foreign Labor Certification Program. The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) had coordinated it. The agreement transfers the program to WorkSource Georgia, which replaced Employ Georgia in August 2023 as the official online tool for employment services. WorkSource Georgia is assuming the responsibility of providing employers with the foreign labor certification services that are required

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Bigger commitment to boost workforce training

The education and training needed to create a skilled workforce remain a top priority in Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp (R) recently announced a change to the College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which is the state’s accountability system for schools. The changes, scheduled to take effect in 2025, are designed to promote high-demand career pathways, those that are aligned with an in-demand industry. “As the No. 1 state in the nation to do business, we have to prepare Georgians for the unprecedented opportunities coming our way, by equipping students

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Columbia County Chamber touts new workforce development center

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announced a new center targeting workforce development, and the Columbia County Chamber is ready to tap into it. The Center for Workforce and Talent Preparedness was announced on Jan. 10 at the annual Eggs and Issues breakfast. “This new strategic initiative was created to lead the state through an unprecedented talent transformation,” said Daniela Perry, Vice President of the Georgia Chamber Foundation in a news release announcing the center. “Talent continues to be the number one issue facing our members. The Center for Workforce and

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Major investment in electric buses and training

Students in the Richmond County School System will benefit from a $1 billion federal investment in clean energy buses, while Goodwill prepares to train the workforce needed to support the electric vehicle industry. In a news release, Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga) and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Michael Regan said the money is through Warnock’s Clean Commute for Kids Act that was included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The bulk of the money, nearly $60 million, will go toward funding 25 of the buses for RCSS, along with buses for

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Major project at Savannah River Site will create 1,000’s of jobs

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) continues to lay the groundwork to be ready to resume Pit production on-site by 2035. The immediate need will be to staff the Plutonium (PU) Modernization Program. Those individuals will develop and train the workforce needed for the Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility (SRPPF). The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) approved the Workforce Development Program Plan opening the way for scholarships to cover educational and training at area colleges and universities. “SRNS has recognized the need to engage in workforce planning for the plutonium pit

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Hanging out the “Help Wanted” sign

The year may be new, but the struggle to find employees is a carryover from last year. Area employers are hoping job fairs will fill in the gaps. Goodwill Industries recently held an event at The Hub. The Richmond County School System held several during the 2023 summer holiday. The North Augusta Community Center hosted a job fair sponsored by SC Works, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce’s online resource for job seekers, in August. Two departments in Columbia County will use upcoming job fairs to fill open

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For employers, it’s a war out there!

The Georgia Chamber Foundation has issued its 4th quarter economic report, and the title, the War for Talent, sums up what the state is facing. The report looks at where Georgia stands in filling current job openings and anticipating future needs. It states that Georgia’s current workforce participation rate is about 61%, meaning 40% of adults are not engaged in the workforce. That translates to 3.2 million Georgians. At the same time, there are more than 350,000 job openings in each quarter. The Chamber Foundation says the War for Talent

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