WORKFORCE READINESS AND RETENTION

Despite a regional unemployment rate of 8.8 percent, Prince William Sound employers report difficulties in finding qualified workers. Many employers indicate they regularly recruit outside the region. Nonresident employment, which averages 20 percent statewide, can be significantly higher in some industries.

Employers report candidates frequently have pre-employment barriers, lack work maturity skills, or need technical training in their field.

PWSEDD seeks to address these issues by developing in-region solutions as well as partnering on statewide initiatives. Maritime careers will be a specific focus area. Opportunities in other industries will also be explored as time and resources permit.

PWSEDD Action Plan:

  • Convene career and technical educators and employers to plan and prioritize workforce efforts
  • Partner with Alaska Maritime Works to expand career and technical curricula and training
  • Apply for a workforce grant to develop work maturity skills program

Download Workforce Characteristics and Issues:

Resources:
Alaska Maritime Works
Information and resources on a statewide partnership to expand and improve the maritime workforce.

Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan
Read the statewide maritime workforce plan.