UWL employee meeting combats future worker shortages, teaches job-seekers

A worker shortage brought employers and job-seekers together Tuesday.

The 3rd annual UW-La Crosse Summer Employer meeting showed future employees interview skills, workforce trends, and community needs.

The focus wasn’t just on the here and now: it was also about the future. A 7 Rivers Alliances study predicted there will be 15,000 unfilled job openings by 2026 just in the La Crosse area.

Sarah Snapp believed the event’s timing was urgent. “The La Crosse region as a whole is losing population over time so how can we be better employers, better stewards of our community to bring talent back to the La Crosse region.”

For more information on efforts underway in our area to help connect workers, local employers and educators, click on the Workforce Ready tab on the home page and you’ll find information on job training programs and job fairs in our area.

News 8 will be reporting on the need for more workers in our area in the weeks and months to come as part of our Workforce Ready project.

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