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Workforce Solution Series Continues

Updated: April 13, 2018 08:09 AM

The Northeast Minnesota Workforce Solution Series Continues next week in Duluth and in Chisholm.

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The series is aimed at finding ways to decrease the workforce gap. It kicked off in February with about 160 participants from around the Northland, according to the City of Duluth. At that meeting, experts gave suggestions on how a business can secure their workforce.

State demographer Susan Bowers was one of the speakers at the meeting. She explained that there is an aging workforce and low unemployment rates.

"All of that means we need to go about doing things differently, when it comes to the recruitment and retention of employees," Business and Workforce Development Director, Heather Rand says.

In this second part of this series, the Duluth Workforce Development Board, Northeast Minnesota Workforce Board, and other local organizations, are narrowing their focus to innovative recruitment strategies.

"One of the issues now is that we have more open jobs than we have people looking for jobs right now," says Shawn Herhusky, Workforce Strategy Consultant for Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development. "Because of that, it creates a new challenge for employers."

Herhusky says that employers aren't getting as many applications for one specific job as they once did.

"They need to develop new tactics, new strategies for addressing these issues, and that's some of the things that they're going to get at this event."

There will be two sessions on Wednesday, April 18.

The morning session is at Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth and runs from 7:30 - 10:30 a.m, and the afternoon session runs from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. At the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm.

Registration is $20 per person online and $25 on site.

Click here to register for the morning session. Click here to register for the afternoon session.

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