orthern Indiana's Strategic Skills Initiative brought a foundation of understanding to workforce officials about the type and depth of job skills necessary for workers to thrive in the Infor- mation Age global economy of 2008 and beyond.
Employing rigorous research as well as discussions with regional stakeholders, staff members for the Northern Indiana Workforce Board, Inc. produced a bevy of informational and analytical documents aiming to, initially, identify the root causes of shortages in occupational skills of Northern Indiana's workforce and, in later phases, develop com- prehensive solutions to short- ages. From such a solid foundation of strategic skills knowledge, workforce development officials will continue to weave such under- standing into developing innovative employment and training programs seeking to boost jobs and wages in the five-county region.
In Northern Indiana and throughout the United States, economic activities as well as jobs have been subjected to unprecedented structural changes since the 1990s due to seismic shifts in vital areas such as globalization of trade, breathtaking advances in technology, human capital, personal finance and savings, eduation, natural resources and energy supplies, business management and government, among other factors. With such pressures impacting Northern Indiana's workforce of more than 300,000 Hoosiers, the 30-month SSI program (from June 2005 to December 2007) essentially charted a course for workforce developers, employers, educators, and others to take actions designed to strengthen the workforce throughout Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph counties.
Some of the information, statistics, analysis and findings that Northern Indiana workforce officials continue to use are highlighted below.
"Strategic Skills Initiative; Bottlenecks cause Constraints."
"Michiana Feels Heat of Global Competition Amid Advanced Manufacturing Job Duties Soaring to Higher Levels than Ever Before; Workforce Developers Look Beyond Strategic Skills Initiative with Focus on the Future Forum." Visit advanced manufacturing (web).
"SSI Phase Two Report: Root Causes."