San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Commissions Study to Identify County's Demand Employment Sectors

Convener of business, education, training, government and community-based organizations focuses funding to meet the needs of business and job seekers.

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Nov. 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board conducted a study to identify the top demand sectors for employment in San Bernardino County. The results showed that manufacturing, health care, transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, and construction are the top five industries that will be seeking a skilled workforce in San Bernardino County to fill available jobs.

The Workforce Investment Board commissioned a study by the ERISS Corporation so it can focus its limited resources in the county's demand industries, working with the county's competitive advantages to create a trained and skilled workforce.

The Workforce Investment Board convenes stakeholders from businesses, community based organizations, government and education to develop a highly skilled workforce in San Bernardino County. It works closely with the business community to fund training programs that meet the needs of local companies and the types of skills they seek. It also helps individuals build sustainable careers in living wage jobs.

"Our Workforce Investment Board has always taken a leadership role in identifying and bringing community stakeholders together to help formulate the best long-term strategy for the use of federal dollars in our local economy," said Josie Gonzales, Chair, Board of Supervisors. "As we enter a growth period after the recession, we will orient our support to train job seekers for the job opportunities available with local businesses."

The research study was conducted on behalf of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board during the first quarter of 2012. Its goal was to make recommendations for industry clusters with growth potential for the local area. The project included dedicated industry surveys, secondary quantitative research, and significant qualitative research. The analysis resulted in a series of recommendations for industry clusters and policy opportunities for the county.

"As the lead organization in the county convening stakeholders to solve workforce issues in San Bernardino County, the Workforce Investment Board will strategically deploy its resources to connect businesses with the workforce they need," said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board. "The timing of these results could not be better, as it allows us to lead the county in aligning with the state's workforce strategy so we can work together to create a better employment picture in San Bernardino County and in California."

As a policymaking body that administers federal funding locally, the Workforce Investment Board reviews various research studies on an ongoing basis to ensure that it is serving the key business sectors in San Bernardino County that are driving employment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the county's workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino's Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino's Employment Resource Centers and Business Resource Centers. The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the county's businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit Also follow us on: Facebook or Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube .

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