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Can Employer Training Benefit Your Business? (June 2022)

The “Can Employer Training Benefit Your Business?” webinar, co-hosted by Valley Vision and the Sacramento MetroBusiness Center, took place on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022. This webinar featured an introduction to the MetroBusiness Center’s business support services, an introduction to the Employment Training Panel’s eligibility requirements and benefits, a panel discussion about how to approach applying for ETP, and a Business Spotlight to highlight organizations who utilize ETP funds to upskill their workforce.

The panel featured the following organizations:

  • Mike Snead, President of Sierra Consulting Services
  • Annie Rafferty, Director of Workforce Training & Development at Butte College
  • William Walker, Workforce Development Manager at the Sacramento Employment Training Agency (SETA)

Fall 2021 Forest Sector Workforce Study Report

At Valley Vision’s Spring 2022 Forestry Management Industry Advisory, Melissa Kovacs, Senior Project Analyst at the Center of Economic Development, CSU Chico, presented her findings from the 2021 Forest Sector Workforce Needs Survey. Created in partnership with the Statewide Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Task Force and yielding 113 responses, the survey encompassed forestry management entities across four major task areas: Northern, Sierra & East Side, Coastal, and Southern.

Download and read the full report here.

Forestry Management Regional Industry Advisory

Join us on Thursday, April 28th, 2022 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a Regional Industry Advisory on career pathways, trends and opportunities related to Forestry Management.

Be a part of the conversation as we discuss opportunities in this emerging sector and highlight two new Forestry Programs in the North Region. Your participation and feedback are valued and will help guide investments in programs, certificates, and curricula that better serve the needs of the Capital Region’s Natural and Environmental Resources workforce. Please RSVP today!

Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Regional Industry Advisory

Join us on Friday, April 22nd, 2022 for an industry advisory meeting on an important dialogue about resiliency and adaptability within the Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism sector.

We encourage all interested parties to join the conversation as we seek to build an accessible, industry-relevant training pipeline to serve the Greater Sacramento region. Your participation and feedback are of critical value to help guide investments in programs, certificates, and curricula to better serve the needs of California’s RHT workforce.

Information and Communication Technologies Regional Industry Advisory

Please join us on Thursday, March 31st from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a virtual ICT Regional Advisory meeting that will highlight emerging trends and occupational demands related to cybersecurity. New labor market information will be presented on this vital topic and the implications for workforce development. 

The Greater Sacramento Region needs a robust pipeline of highly qualified Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) workers to meet rapidly-changing labor market needs. The adoption of innovative technologies, accelerated by the pandemic, is impacting the demand for cybersecurity skills in jobs across all industries. Help build the regional talent pipeline by informing education and training providers about the ICT skills workers need to succeed.

Remote Work Survey Analysis (2021)

The COVID-19 pandemic upended the traditional structure and distribution of work teams. In collaboration with Los Rios Community College District, the Centers of Excellence, and Orr Consulting, Valley Vision sought to survey the region’s employers to quantify and begin to understand the changes and implications brought on by the rise of remote work.

Building upon the Remote Work Survey that was presented at the ICT Regional Advisory Meeting (2021), this report looks at the potential impacts of remote work, its biggest obstacles, and the skills that employers are looking for in a remote workforce. The following white paper highlights the result of these efforts:

Expand Your Talent Pipeline Webinar (February 2022)

The Expand Your Talent Pipeline webinar, co-hosted by Valley Vision and the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, took place on Friday, February 4, 2022. This webinar featured an introduction to the Metro Chamber’s business support services, an overview of Sacramento City’s Homeless Hiring Tax Credit, and a panel discussion about the various resources and incentives offered by different organizations to expand hiring pools and fulfill diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals.

Expand Your Talent Pipeline Webinar

The Sacramento Metropolitan Business Center, in collaboration with Valley Vision, is proud to present the Expand Your Talent Pipeline webinar.

A new year means new opportunity for businesses to plan a comprehensive approach to strengthening their local talent pipeline for both the short and long term. Join us on Friday, February 4, 2022, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM to learn ways to increase the talent pipeline for your business or organization. This webinar will include resources and incentives available to increase the number of applicants, improve retention, and meet diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.

Informational Webinar: Good Jobs Challenge Grant Application for the Capital Region

On January 5, 2022, Valley Vision and the Sacramento Employment Training Agency (SETA) hosted an Informational Webinar on a Good Jobs Challenge Grant Application for the Capital Region. 

What is the Good Jobs Challenge? 

The Good Jobs Challenge provides $500 million to collaborative skills training systems and programs, and encourages efforts to reach historically underserved populations and areas, communities of color, women, and other groups facing labor market barriers. These systems and partnerships will create and implement industry-led training programs, designed to provide skills for and connect unemployed or underemployed workers to existing and emerging job opportunities. 

How is the Capital Region approaching this opportunity? 

The Capital Region will be submitting an application for the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Good Jobs Challenge. The application will be focused on the Information, Communications and Technology sector, to support technology positions across industries connected to the Prosperity Strategy, the region’s federally-designated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The region served will include Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties. 

If you’d like to view the materials from the webinar, please use the following links

If you have a project that you believe could benefit from Good Jobs Challenge funding, please take the time to fill out this SURVEY to provide information about your organization, project concept, and estimated budget. We are expecting you have read the solicitation, viewed the webinar to learn about the Capital Region’s approach, and thought through how your project might fit in. Filling out this survey will allow for funding consideration and is not a guarantee.  Please complete the survey by January 14, 11:45 pm.

If you have any questions or would like to follow-up with us directly, please reach out to Angelina Olweny (angelina.olweny@valleyvision.org) and Renee John (renee.john@valleyvision.org). 

Administration of Justice Regional Advisory (October 2021)

The Administration of Justice Regional Advisory took place on Friday, October 15th, 2021. This advisory informed desirable skills and qualifications, skill gaps in applicants, and opportunities to improve training and education programs for individuals planning to join this field.

Click here to view the Fall 2021 Administration of Justice Regional Advisory Meeting Proceedings Report, or view the meeting recording, presentation, and other materials below.

Skills for a Ready Future Workforce (2021)

Valley Vision has been examining Future of Work trends for many years. Our latest research was made possible through funding from the City of Sacramento CARES COVID Relief and in partnership with Burning Glass Technologies.  This analysis sought to answer the question, where should resources be targeted to provide the most effective skills acquisition and training, especially to disproportionately impacted community members, to enhance and accelerate recovery from the pandemic.

Building on previous work, Automation Risk for Jobs in the Capital Region (March 2020), this report looks at the potential impacts of automation in our nine county region, recovery from the pandemic and future workforce development strategies need to be responsive to multiple factors. The following white paper highlights the result of these efforts:

Administration of Justice Sector Advisory

Join us on Friday, October 15th, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM for a Regional Industry Advisory on career pathways and policy changes in the Administration of Justice sector. 

Be a part of the conversation as we discuss recent legislative changes, present labor market information, and hear from industry and employers on occupational pathways and efforts to diversify the talent pipeline. Your participation and feedback are valued to help guide investments in programs, certificates, and curricula to better serve the needs of the Capital Region’s Administration of Justice workforce.