Workforce Readiness in Oklahoma
OKHR’s Workforce Readiness Chair and local chapter advocates are a great resource for Human Resource Professionals in Oklahoma. These are "resident experts" on Workforce Readiness opportunities and can provide a wealth of information and referrals to help "connect" with workforce activities and providers in the local areas.
Workforce Readiness State Council Chair
Paul Costanzo, SHRM-CP
(405) 946-3453 ext 1259
Here you will connect to valuable information and resources within the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the state of Oklahoma that address workforce challenges in our global economy and provide opportunities to develop and maintain workforce readiness. The Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management has aligned their workforce readiness goals in conjunction with SHRM.
We will serve as a repository of Workforce Readiness information for the HR and business community.
We will help identify and support volunteer opportunities at the national, state and local level for SHRM members and all HR professionals.
At both the federal and state-level, we will participate in and influence policy discussions surrounding Workforce Readiness. Like SHRM vision, OKHR will be a state recognized authority whose voice is heard on the most pressing people management issues of the day—now and in the future.
Workforce Readiness Core Leadership will promote and help to facilitate the successful collaboration of those involved in preparing a qualified workforce through Oklahoma’s education and training institutions, life-long learning and continuing professional development. We will promote and encourage collaboration between business/industry, local/state/federal government, educators, workforce development system partners and the local community.
Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management (OKHR) believes in the vision and mission of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development. "Oklahoma will have a competitive advantage through integrated workforce and economic development objectives." One goal of the Council is Oklahoma "has a labor pool that is competitive, advances the economic objectives of the state and local communities, and meets the employment interests of industry clusters and employer groups." To learn more about the Council visit the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website.
Are you looking for labor market information? May we suggest these state agencies for assistance:
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
Oklahoma State Department of Commerce
One of the primary challenges for employers in the next decade as they seek to remain competitive in the marketplace will be finding qualified workers. This will force employers to seek more diversity in their employee base. Qualified persons with disabilities, who are seeking to become and remain a valuable part of the workforce, provide an excellent pool of applicants to meet this employment needs.
Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the workforce development system provided for the delivery of services through a partnership throughout Oklahoma that are intended to be customer-focused, to help residents to find and use the tools, information and services they need to manage their careers, and to help local businesses find skilled workers. The service delivery is provided through the workforce development system and comprehensive one-stop career centers located throughout the state of Oklahoma.
Employee Training at No Cost to Businesses via KeyTrain. Oklahoma has become the first state to license KeyTrain work skills software for general statewide use. The license allows every business in the state to get interactive work and life skills training for employees at no cost. Businesses will get both the traditional KeyTrain program for math, reading and other skills and the Career Ready 101 curriculum for “soft skills” like customer service and work habits.