BUILDING OUR FUTURE WORKFORCE 

Not only does our economy continually rank as one of the top in the nation, but Utah is also the fastest growing state in America. While growth presents many exciting opportunities for Utahns, it also comes with distinct challenges, especially as it relates to meeting workforce demand. As our state’s population and economy continue to grow, it is essential that we focus on building a talented workforce. Industry, education and government must work collaboratively to ensure Utah’s students are college and career ready. This includes ensuring access to post-secondary education including universities and technical colleges and on-the-job learning opportunities through pathway programs.

TALENT READY UTAH

Talent Ready Utah supports businesses as they become involved with education in activities such as job shadows, internships, donations, industry tours and in-classroom presentations.

PATHWAYS PROGRAMS

Through Utah’s Career Pathway programs, the state identifies talent shortages within the economy and creates strategic partnerships bringing industry and education together. These programs demonstrate the role business plays in driving the workforce of tomorrow through education and hands-on learning experiences.

Using the latest in engineering, technology and design applications, diesel technicians are able to actively apply knowledge on the machines that run our country.

Business Partners: Boeing, Janicki, Hexcel, Hill Air Force Base, Orbital ATK, Albany Engineered Composites (AEC), Kihomac

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Building the most advanced airplanes, rockets and missiles in the world requires highly-skilled composite technicians, assemblers, machinists, inspectors and more.

Business Partners: Cummins Rocky Mountain, Komatsu Equipment, Kenworth Sales Company, Utah Transit Authority (UTA), C.R. England, Geneva Rock Products

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Specialized courses and practical work experience develop the skills needed for Utah’s most elite medical device and laboratory testing companies.

Business Partners: BD Sandy, Biomerics, Edwards Lifesciences, Fresenius Medical Care, GE Healthcare Surgery, Merit Medical, Nelson Laboratories, Sorenson Forensics, Stryker, Varex Imaging

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Ensuring the continued growth and success of Utah’s tech industry means expanding education to more than just coders and software engineers.

Business Partners: Banyan, Dell EMC, DOMO, InsideSales.com, Instructure, Microsoft, NUVI, Pluralsight, Qualtrics

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PATHWAY UNDER DEVELOPMENT

Utah’s construction industry is struggling to find skilled workers, impacting our state’s continued growth and economic development. Building a talent pipeline within this industry is critical to our future.

90%

OF PARENTS WANT THEIR CHILD TO STUDY COMPUTER SCIENCE

40%

OF UTAH SCHOOLS TEACH COMPUTER SCIENCE

BUSINESS INVOLVEMENT CREATES GREATER WORKFORCE OUTCOMES

Utah’s business community recognizes the need for quality education to build a talented workforce and support a strong economy. By participating in advisory boards or similar committees, the private sector can help Utah’s high school CTE programs, technical colleges, community colleges and universities align new degrees, certificates and programs with industry needs.

“Our company serves on many higher education and technical college advisory boards. This involvement has given us an advantage as we help to shape and influence the curriculum students learn that directly meet workforce demands.”

Todd A. Hughes, President, Hughes General Contractors

Legislative Priorities