SA Job Shadow Day Makes Waves Citywide

SA Works recently integrated with SAEDF to create a dynamic duo—one dedicated to attracting and retaining innovative companies to San Antonio and one focused on ensuring a skilled workforce is readily accessible to those companies and up for the job, or jobs in this case. In order to supply a workforce to our local companies as well as those relocating and expanding in San Antonio, our city must continue to prepare a talent pipeline to meet their current and future workforce needs. SA Works helps to build this superior talent pool by bringing together industry and education, also supporting various initiatives including organizing internships and other meaningful work-based experiences for students, educating administrators and teachers, and showcasing the diverse industries and career options available in San Antonio.

One of these initiatives is the SA Works Job Shadow Day held on February 2nd, connecting more than 3,100 students across San Antonio with 100 plus employers. The initiative’s purpose was to provide students with a real-world view of the workplace and emphasize the skills that employers seek in our current talent pool. SA Works knows that these career exploration and awareness activities help students build those skills and recognize the diverse and plentiful array of career options that San Antonio has to offer. Equally important to attracting new talent is retaining talent, ensuring a robust talent pipeline. Sometimes the champion method of securing that talent is to inform—by showcasing diverse career options and facilitating ways to access the workforce and building the relationships to get there.

SA Works significantly built upon the number of employers that were involved in 2016 and secured employer representation from 15 different industries. Students had the opportunity to explore careers in engineering, advertising, manufacturing, health care, human services, hospitality, finance, education, technology, energy, business, government relations, sports and entertainment, automotive and criminal justice. They hailed from both the public and private sectors and were matched up with groups of students based on each class’s subject. SA Works paired high school students with a local healthcare facility specializing in injury rehabilitation. Students worked closely with physical therapists to evaluate patients and saw first-hand what it’s like working in San Antonio’s robust healthcare industry.

The Job Shadow Day momentum was captured on social media! To see some of the outcomes and explore the day’s activities through Twitter, check out #SAJobShadow.

A special thanks to all of the employers that participated and made Job Shadow day a great success! 

Accenture - Fairgrounds Location Generations Federal Credit Union RBFCU
Accenture - Babcock Rd. Location Goodwill Industries San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
The Alamo Gray Street Partners San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD)
Alamo City Studios Grok Interactive San Antonio Police Department (SAPD)
Amegy Bank GVEC San Antonio Food Bank
Argo Insurance Heartfire Media/La Prensa San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA)
Aspen Beverage H-E-B - Design & Construction San Antonio Public Library
Bank of America H-E-B - Advertising & Production Services San Antonio Museum of Art
Bexar County IT Department H-E-B - IT San Antonio River Authority - Utilities Dept.
Bexar County Public Defender Department H-E-B - Corporate Service King
Bexar County Dept. of Mental Health H-E-B - Facility Maintenance Shweiki Media
Bexar Count Dept. of Forensic Science H-E-B - Meat Procurement Department SPURS Sports & Entertainment
Bexar County Public Administration Department HEB Schertz Store @ 3009 Steves & Sons
Bexar County Facilities Department HEB Store 1604 & Blanco SWBC
BD Medical Systems HOLTCAT Sysco Foods Central Texas
BioBridge IBC Bank TD Industries
Boeing Investment Professionals Tesoro
Broadway Bank Joeris General Contractors Texas A&M University, San Antonio
Christus Santa Rosa KFW Engineers & Surveying Texas Biomedical Research Institute
Cisco KGBTexas Communications The DoSeum
City of San Antonio - City Hall KLRN The Front Door
City of San Antonio Dept. of Animal Care Services KSAT The Hartford
City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation La Familia Cortez Restaurants Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Tx Inc.
City of San Antonio Dept. of Human Services Lucifer Lighting Company Trinity University
City of San Antonio Development Services Dept. Marriott Rivercenter True Flavors
City of San Antonio - Solid Waste Management Maestro Entrepreneur Center University Health System
City Of Schertz Mission Trail Baptist Hospital University of Houston - Culinary
COX Manufacturing Mission Contracting Command Ft. Sam Univision
CPS Energy Momentum Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab UT Health San Antonio
Creative Civilization Morningside Ministries Venture Lab
Dannenbaum Engineering Nature Sweet VIA Transit
ESC Region 20 NuStar Energy Visit San Antonio
Firstmark Credit Union Port San Antonio Wells Fargo
Frost Bank Precision Mold & Tool Whataburger
GDC Marketing & Ideation Rackspace The Witte
General Electric Randolph Brooks Maintenance Group Zachry Construction

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