ICR Skills Talent Survey to Inform Workforce Development

IOWA CITY/CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa–This month, targeted employers throughout the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) region will be receiving an electronic invitation to participate in the ICR Skills Talent Forecast 2022, a survey that seeks to capture data on the future employment needs of the area. The information is being gathered by Kirkwood Community College in partnership with ICR IOWA.

“We know employers struggle at times to find the right candidates for their open positions,” said Jennifer Daly, president and CEO of ICR IOWA. “This data will help us continue to align our talent attraction and pipeline strategies with the positions in highest demand and most challenging to fill in our region.”

The survey gives ICR employers an opportunity to get involved by sharing their patterns of employment and immediate workforce goals. That data will be used in conjunction with information about specific occupations within industries and the educational requirements associated with each.

According to Kirkwood Vice President of Continuing Education & Training Services Kim Becicka, the data will be used by the college to ensure that curriculum is designed to meet the current and future workforce needs of the region.

“This data is critical to the work that we do at Kirkwood Community College in partnership with regional employers and organizations,” said Becicka. “We need to understand the local occupational demands to ensure that we have the right programs, curriculum, educational platforms, and career knowledge that benefit both employers and students.”

The survey must be completed by February 14. Collected data will be shared in an aggregate report beginning in May. The results will be used to develop and implement talent attraction, retention, and pipeline strategies that support the greatest employer workforce needs in the region.

Kirkwood Continuing Education notes more than 67,000 annual enrollments in classes ranging from industry certification to career development to personal enrichment. Over the last 25 years, the number of new jobs created through Kirkwood’s Continuing Education & Training Services has exceeded 30,000. More than 19,000 workers received professional development last year alone.

ICR IOWA is a joint venture between the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Iowa City Area Development Group that ensures Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) prospers through community-aligned business attraction and workforce development.

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