Workforce Solutions Capital Area (WFS) partners with over 3,000 local businesses to invest in workforce development efforts in Central Texas. But we know that’s just a drop in the bucket. Over the past year, virtually every employer in our region is confronting unprecedented challenges in recruiting, retaining, and developing a skilled workforce.
To solve for these issues, Austin companies are leading the way by implementing upskilling strategies that provide pathways for long-term economic growth for their business, employees, and community.
WFS recognized six companies as 2021 Upskilling HEROES for building a higher-skilled workforce and more competitive economy through upskilling strategies:
- Greystar Real Estate Partners
- Recover Or Sacrifice Everything (ROSE) Counseling Center
- Samsung Austin Semiconductor
- Seedlings Gardening
- Total Care Provider
- Wells Solar & Electrical Services
Between these six companies, a total of 3,429 employees were upskilled, helping them upgrade their skill sets, earn higher wages while employed at the company, and remain competitive in the local workforce.
These companies’ decisions to invest in their employees addresses critical hiring needs and skills gaps and creates a steady pipeline of pre-vetted talent. Proactively developing a workforce with the precise skills, credentials, and experience that each business requires to fill critical positions has advanced these businesses as industry leaders in our region.
Companies are eligible for the award by participating in the annual Austin-Travis County Upskilling Survey, where WFS tracks companies that are increasing employee wages above $58,000 per year to get a pulse of the region’s economic health. By understanding the landscape of existing upskilling efforts, the Capital Area workforce board can demonstrate return on investment and advocate for additional funding to support local workforce development efforts.
Click here to learn more about the Upskilling Survey and Upskilling HEROES award.