Local Solutions with National Applications to Address Geospatial Technology Industry Workforce Needs
In September, 2004 the U.S. Department of Labor has announced a series of investments totaling more than $6.4 million to address the workforce needs of the geospatial technology industry. In preparing over the past year, the U.S. Department of Labor hosted forums with geospatial technology industry leaders, educators, and the public workforce system.
DOL has sought to understand and implement industry-identified strategies to confront critical workforce shortages. It has listened to employers, industry association representatives, and others associated with the geospatial technology industry regarding some of their efforts to identify challenges and implement effective workforce strategies. DOL's Employment and Training Administration is supporting comprehensive business, education, and workforce development partnerships that have developed innovative approaches that address the workforce needs of business while also effectively helping workers find good jobs with good wages and promising career pathways in the geospatial technology industry.
This set of workforce solutions is based on the geospatial technology industry's priorities that address issues such as:
- Expanding the pipeline of youth entering the geospatial technology industry;
- Helping alternative labor pools gain industry-defined skills and competencies;
- Developing alternative training strategies, such as apprenticeship, distance learning, and accelerated training, for training geospatial technology professionals;
- Developing tools and curriculum for enhancing the skills of geospatial technology professionals for nationwide distribution;
- Enhancing the capacity of educational institutions to train to industry-defined competencies;
- Developing industry-defined career ladders and lattices and corresponding competency models and curriculum;
- Developing strategies to retain and help incumbent workers move into higher level positions; and
- Assisting transitioning individuals from declining industries to high growth industries by building on their existing skills and training them for high growth geospatial technology occupations.
The grants are intended to provide genuine solutions, leadership, and models for partnerships that can be replicated in different parts of the country.
* The term “geospatial industry” is not all-inclusive. It may refer to mapmakers, academics, and others engaged in such activities.