This month’s ENGAGE breakfast looked at Austin’s job creation and the workforce in Central Texas. Guest blogger Thom Singer (ESSENTIAL 2008) provided a complete recap on his blog Some Assembly Required. Here’s a snippet:
However, our boom-town does have challenges. Too many high school students are dropping out or not pursuing advanced education. This means they are forfeiting the opportunities that are abundant in the area for skilled workers. We need to do more to expose young people to opportunities. We have too many available technology related jobs (over 2000 unfilled), while every service job posted receives 55 applications.
Austin continues to top all the lists (and has for the 21 years that I have lived in the community). Yes, part of the reason we do so well is our wonderful landscape, weather, recreation, etc… But the economic leadership that makes us the envy of cities across the world is not an accident.
Below is the full podcast of the event, along with links to media coverage and resources from the discussion.
|January 2013 ENGAGE breakfast at the Long Center|
- KXAN – Austin tech firms eye next generation
- Impact News – Panelists at Engage Breakfast discuss job growth
List of Resources
- National Instruments – Enhancing Engineering and Science Education
- Opportunity Austin 3.0
- Texas Entrepreneur Networks
- Workforce Solutions Capital Area Workforce Board
Our next ENGAGE breakfast will be Tuesday, February 5 when we will take a look at education in Central Texas. Click here for more details and ticket information.
We hope to see you there!