Good afternoon to you all and as our Center’s Advisory Committee Members I am hoping to see you all at our “Industry Skills Gaps Forum” on April 2.
As you know the Homeland Security-Emergency Management (HSEM) profession is still an emerging field. Since October 2011, HSEM jobs have increased by 11% (SimplyHired.com) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment to grow by 22% over the decade. Emergency Management careers were reported to be one of the “50 Best Jobs of 2011”, with a strong growth rate expected over the next decade as reported by US News. There is also a continuing move toward the professionalization of this field.
The HSEM Center’s role, guided by industry and labor, is to lead statewide education, curriculum, and training efforts that build a highly skilled workforce. The Center is hosting an “Industry Skills Gap Forum” April 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tacoma Convention Center which supports the work of Washington’s community and technical colleges. Key industry leaders like yourselves are being invited to this important event. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain from you “real time” information about the expected job growth trends over the next three to five years and to discuss workforce skills gaps that make filling job vacancies difficult for employers. The Forum is part of the pre-conference activities during the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference.
Feedback from the Forum participants will help the State’s community and technical colleges make good decisions about their workforce programs to help ensure we educate a highly skilled and competitive workforce. A summary report will be available to all participants.
The agenda including the link to the map and directions are attached. Please RVSP by March 29, to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would appreciate your help in getting the word out about the Forum and look forward to seeing you at the Forum and please contact me if you have any questions.