In mid-June, you may have read an article in the San Antonio Express News regarding the Train for Jobs SA program and its slower-than-expected results. While there have been a few bumps in the road with this initial program, in my mind, this effort has been a good and necessary practice run for the SA Ready to Work ballot initiative that was approved by nearly 77% of our fellow citizens and kicks-off in September.
While I believe that It is too early to declare success or failure for Train for Jobs SA, it is not too early to take stock as we begin to shape the SA Ready to Work program. To that end, I penned an OpEd that ran in today’s Express News, and I wanted to share it with you.
Talent is a strategic asset for the growth of our economy, and post-pandemic it has become even more consequential for our city. Building a successful workforce development program is hard, and training participants to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow will require a strong, robust initiative that includes the dedication, engagement, honest and continual evaluation and inclusion of all players – business owners, local governments, contractors, trainers, academia, community members, and program participants—from start to finish and all points in between.
The Chamber stands ready to participate in and facilitate the collaboration and partnerships necessary to ensure the success of the SA Ready to Work program, and we hope you will join us in these efforts.