GBC issues Preparing for the Future: A Regional Workforce Development Initiative Report

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October 19, 2020

The Greater Baltimore Committee has released a comprehensive report which identifies the top 20 occupations likely to produce the most family-supporting jobs in the Baltimore region over the next decade, while also outlining recommendations to enhance education and training systems and address structural racism, gender inequities and systemic barriers to workforce participation and advancement.

The report, Preparing for the Future: A Regional Workforce Development Initiative, includes more than 50 recommendations to ensure the region has a pipeline of skilled workers to fill high growth family-supporting jobs.

Nearly two years ago, the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) Board of Directors proposed the creation of an initiative to examine workforce readiness in the Greater Baltimore region. The multiphase GBC Regional Workforce Development Initiative has been actively underway for the past 18 months, and the GBC is excited to unveil this assessment of the jobs and industries that are forecast to grow in our region over the next decade. The GBC’s Regional Workforce Development Initiative Steering Committee, along with partner organizations throughout the region, guided work on the report.

The top 20 family-supporting occupations identified in the report are in four industries projected to experience growth in family-supporting jobs in the decade ahead: business services, construction, information technology and healthcare.

In addition to the occupational forecasts, the report offers a series of recommendations to enhance the workforce system to ensure that Maryland residents are prepared with the skills to fill those jobs and support their families.

GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry said, “Focusing on business sectors that are projected to see the greatest growth in the next decade — health care, information technology, business services and the construction industries — the report will provide a roadmap to ensure that our region has the educated and skilled workforce to meet the needs of those industry sectors. The next step will be to implement the recommendations and the GBC is committed to guiding that effort.”

In addition to identifying high growth family-supporting jobs that did not require a four-year degree, the GBC’s Regional Workforce Development Initiative Steering Committee compiled a regional inventory of key education and training programs by sector, emphasizing those that culminate in postsecondary credentials. This inventory is published as a separate Appendices.

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