Welcome to the August issue of Insight on Business
Great jobs are going unfilled in the New North region and companies are expending a whole lot of energy to match talent with jobs that exist right here. It’s a theme that turns up in many of the stories in the August issue of Insight.
In some cases, the demand occurs in growing industries, such as with our cover story subject, Navitus. The pharmacy benefits management company has filled 300 positions at its Appleton call center since the company built a new building along Interstate 41 two years ago. More hiring is expected as the company gears up to start construction on a second building this fall.
In “A career quick start,” regional employers, in particular those representing technical fields related to manufacturing and information technology — are reporting challenges filling positions. They fear the situation will worsen as baby boomers retire: By 2021, more than 11,600 jobs are expected to go unfilled in the region because of the skills gap between graduates and what employers need.
“Industry showcase,” explores how the annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference aims to help employers address the skills gap and woo young people to manufacturing careers. For the first time, Manufacturing First will span two days — Oct. 21 and 22 — at the newly expanded KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay.
In “Filling the gap” you’ll read about how one in six builders surveyed by the National Association of Home Builders in 2014 is experiencing delays in completing projects on time.
The Medical College of Wisconsin responded to a report on the shortage of primary care and psychiatric physicians in Northeast Wisconsin by establishing a satellite center. In our “Face Time” interview, Dr. Matthew Hunsaker, dean of MCW-Green Bay, describes how the St. Norbert College-based program is preparing 26 students to become doctors. All were vetted for their desire to practice Northeast Wisconsin following their residency requirement.
How do we attract talent to Northeast Wisconsin? In “Talent Search,” hiring managers say cultivating a pool of interns and challenging them with rewarding work is one answer.
Tracy Presteen, human resources manager at Heartland Technology Group, Little Chute, says it best:
“Northeast Wisconsin has great opportunities. We just need to make sure we show them.”