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    Halliday
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    I have been hired on a six month contract to write a workforce development strategy for my community (population of approx. 100,000 in Southwestern Ontario). This strategy will examine current and future workforce needs, what gaps currently exist, and creating a strategy to address them. As it is important that our business community understands and ‘buys in’ to the strategy, I have been considering using Six Sigma principles as a model on which to build my strategy.Does anyone know of a similar project that has been done using Six Sigma? Or a book or resource that would be relevant? Any other advice?Thanks in advance.

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    #164401

    Confused
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    You may want to check into the Six Sigma work in Fort Wayne, Indianna as it may be a close fit to the kinds of things your doing.

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    Halliday
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    Thank you for your quick response.

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    #164408

    Brandon
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    Paula, unless your workforce needs include SS skills and you need an assessment tool I don’t believe SS can contribute directly.
    You are essentially creating a registry of jobs and looking at the gaps between the job requirements and the current population or applicant population skill sets. It’s more a matching and ranking project than anything else – at the front end.
    I suggest you consider building a skill set library; this job function ideally seeks these 12 skill sets, and so on through all the job functions you are dealing with. Then have applicants or current workforce complete a skills survey – then check gaps.
    It’s a laborious task yet that is the core of what you are attempting.
    Once gaps, or groups of gaps, are identified you can work with local trade schools, community colleges et al to develop “short course” training to fill the gaps.
    I’ve been involved in a couple of these efforts and am sorry to say without much success. The reason being – it is a sizable task and typically there is no one willing to fund it to completion.
    Good luck.

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    #164411

    Halliday
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    Thanks for your post. Do you have any other words of wisdom based on your experience with this type of project? I know that funding can definitely be an impediment to results.

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    #164415

    Brandon
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    The only additional suggestion, which I should have included in my first post, is to limit your initial effort to perhaps 10 or so key job functions. That narrows the scope such that you can do it justice and has a higher probability of success. You will need successes to get the monies to take it to a broader job population.
    Perhaps pick the sample jobs from a group of positions needed by firms that could afford to fund the effort going further.
    Also, as you do achieve some success rally the local news media around it making it visible. If it becomes a story then city council, economic development groups (even the schools) et al may join in the effort.

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