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AgrowKnowledge and Launch Skilled Labor Outlook Survey
December 15, 2008
Ashley Collins,

The agricultural industry continues to experience a strong demand for employees at all levels.  Currently, there is a high demand for employees in the skilled labor sector. and AgrowKnowledge recognize the need to develop the skilled labor pipeline and are conducting research to better understand this sector.

“We must begin to identify where and how our industry is going in order to access the individuals who will fill this demand,” said Ashley Collins, education coordinator for “The Skilled Labor Outlook Surveys and Report will help in doing that.” 

Skilled labor workers are individuals who have had long periods of formal training.  Jobs requiring skilled labor may involve the exercise of independent judgment and a high degree of manual skill. These workers are equipped with special knowledge or qualifications.  Some of the positions considered in this area may include: electricians, mechanics, millwrights, technicians, production supervisors, operators, drivers, welders, applicators, etc. 

Recently three online surveys were launched to collect opinions from community college faculty, employers of this demographic, and employees currently in these fields.  Questions in the survey address scholastics and employment recruitment practices, current human resources practices, and employee retention.   The surveys are live until January 9, 2009, and all who have an interest in recruiting or working in this demographic are welcome to participate.  All responses will be kept anonymous. AgrowKnowlege is providing approximately $1,400 in prizes, awarded at random, for those who participate.   

“Our partnership with to develop the Skilled Labor Report will help increase awareness and benefit both the students and employers, “ said  Rick Parker, director of AgrowKnowledge. “The partnership will help us identify real-life positions that our students can enter after leaving our educational programs and we can train them for those opportunities.  By working together, we can provide better-prepared students for the new technical careers in agriculture.”

Information gathered from the surveys will produce the Skilled Labor Outlook Report which will be released during the first quarter of 2009.  The report will be offered free of charge to all faculty and employers who complete the survey, and will also become the tool for our industry to use for educational and employment recruitment.

“Having this information available will allow the agr

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