A “talent partnership” can mean many different things. For the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce, it means creating and building connections within the community to aid in generating that “collective impact.” Oftentimes people overlook available resources or they are unaware they exist.
Looking at what’s been established and helping to ensure there are no overlaps in services or lack thereof will help to put together the pieces to what has recently been a large puzzle.
Imagine how many times programs get overlooked simply because people didn’t even know they existed. On the other hand, imagine if we better understood all that our community offered so we could see our strengths as well as our weaknesses.
Establishing partnerships helps to create unity in what we choose to do as a community.
A few examples of many:
A young student moves to Wichita Falls to pursue their degree at Midwestern State University. A recent survey conducted by the Chamber showed that college students that felt a connection to the community were more likely to stay in that area after graduation. How can the talent partnership help this student? The ultimate goal would be to help the student find the right networks. This could be through internships in their desired fields, or nonprofits organizations, or various other touches that make them feel as though they are welcome and a vital member of the Wichita Falls community.
Many military spouses are interested in working when they move to a new town and usually prefer to find something sooner rather than later. It can be difficult if they need to recertify in an area such as, teaching, real estate, etc. Streamlining that process can help get them into our workforce faster.
Not all employers understand the benefits to hiring a military spouse. They are generally quick to establish themselves and learn the job, and more often than not they will not require any medical benefits, which often saves the company money.
There are many more examples of how a talent workforce developer will be able to expose resources, create programs we are in need of, and become a community facilitator.
Shay Jones is the Director of Research for the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce.