Recommendations designed to assist with its workforce development efforts
ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Chamber today announced that it has produced an issue brief entitled Apprenticeships: A Gateway to a Robust Regional Workforce . The recommendations outlined in the research create a framework to address Round Rock’s workforce shortage.
“As we work to address the compounding effects of historic low unemployment rates and the aging and retiring workforce, coupled with the insufficient talent pipeline, it is important that the chamber research and implement ways to increase apprenticeship opportunities in Round Rock,” said Amy Mizcles, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement. “Across the country, apprenticeships are being looked to as a viable solution to an adequate talent pipeline, and we need to leverage that mindset.”
Although Round Rock is experiencing an unprecedented level of economic vitality, the chamber, as well as the entire business community, need remain vigilant in ensuring that it maintains this positive environment long into the future. As such, one of the most, if not the most, critical component is to make sure that a fertile and skilled workforce is readily available. The issue brief highlights the fact that apprenticeships should be a significant aspect of that commitment.
The issue brief identifies three recommendations designed to cultivate a more robust regional workforce that is composed of more apprenticeship opportunities. The three recommendations are to:
- Develop a regional apprenticeship coalition
- Develop a series of registered apprenticeships
- Develop a series of non-registered apprenticeships
Apprenticeship programs are a training and development tool that allows employees to learn in an on-the-job environment while providing the employer the ability to evaluate the employee’s long-term fit with the company. Research also indicates that apprenticeship programs build employee loyalty, while improving productivity.
In order to conduct its research, the chamber conducted a series of focus groups, meetings, and interviews with key stakeholders, including leaders from for- and non-profit organizations with and without apprenticeship and internship programs, local school districts’ career and technical education programs , and the local community and technical colleges.
The apprenticeship issue brief was developed with input from the following organizations:
- Allied Electric
- Anchor-Ventana Glass
- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Central Texas
- Associated General Contractors Austin Chapter
- Austin Community College
- Austin Regional Manufacturing Association (ARMA)
- Austin Technology Council
- Capital IDEA
- CenTex Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC)
- Georgetown Independent School District
- Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
- Goodwill Industries
- KangaRoof Austin
- Round Rock Independent School District
- SkillPoint Alliance
- Teco Westinghouse
- Texas State Technical College
- Texas Workforce Commission
- Virginia College
- Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area
About the Round Rock Chamber
The Round Rock Chamber is the economic generator for its thriving community. Honored with the 2018 Chamber of the Year Award by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for its work in the Eight Pillars of Economic Generation and for its operational excellence, the chamber is the catalyst for building prosperity in Round Rock. The chamber initiates programs that create a dynamic business climate and improved quality of life through innovative community partnerships and invested business leaders. For more information visit, www.roundrockchamber.org.