Workforce AID Delivering Skilled Employees to Kansas Businesses Industry demand for skilled workers in Kansas is significant. We have a shortage. To fill the skills gap in our workforce, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents are working in partnership with Kansas companies to train and deliver skilled, certified workers. Workforce AID (Aligned with Industry Demand) supports Kansas' strategic plan for economic development, keeping Kansas businesses competitive and promoting a more robust economy. Employers in Kansas are leading the way to close the skills gap using lessons learned in supply chain management. Check out this new video produced by USCCF Education and Workforce about efforts underway in Kansas. The four components to the success of Workforce AID: Employer Driven: Employers drive the training process, outlining skills and industry-recognized credentials their employees need for success. Short term, highly focused training programs result in college credit and industry-recognized credentials. Training providers are selected based on a competitive bid process. Single Point of Contact: Kansas empowers the liaison position supported by Commerce and Regents - a national best practice as cited by the Brookings Institution - to coordinate and leverage connections among employers, colleges and local workforce development boards for results. Early Connections to Employers: Businesses and potential employees connect prior to the training process so participants understand company culture, job expectations and opportunities - before they are hired. Employers lead the selection process for candidates that meet company qualifications, resulting in cost savings by training only those candidates with a contingent job offer. Education Linked to a Job: Participants who successfully complete training are guaranteed an interview with employers. Projects Ongoing Across Kansas This adaptable initiative is for every business interested in developing their current and future workforce. Over 50 companies, both large and small, including industry sectors such as welding, information technology, food manufacturing, machining, aviation and industrial maintenance have partnered in creating new jobs and training for over 200 participants.