From Today to Tomorrow: A Talent Roadmap to Support Economic Recovery
The crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recession demands a response from leaders from all sectors across the state of Hawai‘i. While the challenges being faced are significant, leaders across our islands are being presented with the opportunity to transform the lives of residents who are struggling to gain a foothold in our state’s economy while also creating a climate in which the economy can thrive and grow.
By working together – and measuring our progress – we can open the door to economic advancement for all of Hawai‘i’s residents, ensure a qualified applicant for every job opening, and build an economy that works for Hawai‘i. Learn more and get involved. Read the Executive Summary and Report.
Talent Roadmap in Action
The roadmap provides three strategic opportunities to invest and scale mapping out short- and long-term actions: expand work-based learning, rapidly reskill and credential, grow sector-based strategies.
There many good examples of the roadmap in action through multi-sector partnerships that can be scaled and supported. Here are a few examples:
Expand Work-Based Learning
UH and WDC won a $13M competitive USDOE federal grant (Reimagining Workforce Partnership) for apprenticeships in health care, IT, clean energy and skilled trades that is based around the work of the Roadmap. Hawaii is one of eight states to win this grant.
A new website hosted by Hawaii P20 for students, parents, educators and business leaders that provides a single landing page for resources and information in the education to employment transition.
A recently published list of 274 in-demand, living wage occupations and 137 promising credentials, non-degree certificates that lead to occupations.
Rapidly Reskill and Credential
Connecting Kamaʻāina to Hawaiʻi Jobs, Training and Resources.
This effort launched in early October with County CARES funds and provides short term credentials from the UHCC campuses to displaced workers.
Free courses in IT skills.
Grow Sector-Based Strategies
Healthcare & Engineering:
Industry-led sector partnerships in health care and engineering, coordinated by the University of Hawaii and Chamber of Commerce. One example is the Hawaii Healthcare Workforce Initiative
IT is also a high priority sector. Another example of work in this space is the recent Chaminade University Data Science Scholarships. $1M from National Science Foundation to support more low-income students from the Pacific in entering this high demand field.
This roadmap also shows how state leaders can fill Hawai’i jobs with local workers, ensure employment for displaced workers, and create lasting and effective partnerships across education and industry. The roadmap identifies three priority sectors for talent development to build a resilient economy.
(including clinical and community health)
(including IT, biotechnology, clean energy)
(sustainable ag, manufacturing, construction)