Do you envision a community where business is booming and professionals thrive? A lack of soft skills is one of the core issues of the high unemployment numbers for the region. What are “soft skills” exactly? Soft skills are workforce readiness skills such as communication, attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving, critical thinking, and professionalism. By building the workforce’s soft skills, the region can create a well-prepared workforce. Individuals will benefit by securing long-term job security, leading to more wealth and a higher quality of life. For businesses, the ability to fill positions with better quality employees and retain staff, leads to more efficient work and company growth.
Building a Quality Workforce
“Get a Job, Keep a Job” Team
Created by Project 17 at the Kansas Leadership Center training in March 2014, the “Get a Job, Keep a Job” team focused on helping employers and job seekers address the widely held concern about soft skills deficiencies in the region.
The team has investigated programs in and near the region with the objective of creating the soft skills inventory. They will continue to view this document as a work in process, with the most recent information being updated on the Project 17 website. This information will be utilized by and communicated to businesses through the Kansas Department of Commerce Field Representatives, Workforce partners, and Project 17 volunteers to create awareness about existing programs.
Online Resources for Soft Skills Training
- MidKansas CAP – Provides job preparation, tax assistance, CASH program, and poverty simulation services to low income individuals and families in South Central Kansas.
- SEK-CAP – Provides early childhood education, family and community services, housing options, and general public transportation to low income families in the SEK-CAP region.
- East Central-KS – Provides early childhood education, family and community services, housing options, and general public transportation to low income families in East Central Kansas.
- Character First Program – Leadership training focusing on a combination of character and competence to produce the type of consistency that makes a world-class organization.
- Partners in Change Program – Program to assist individuals at varying levels of job readiness by offering basic adult education preparation and testing as well as life skills and workforce training. Serving Chanute, Parsons, Fort Scott, Coffeyville, and Independence.
- Basic Employability Skills Training – Eight workshop modules focusing on the essential skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Success doesn’t end at getting the job and the best workshops are designed to arm attendees with the skills needed to keep their job.
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