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​Workforce: San Antonio’s Priority for Future Economic Success

When laying out the strategy for San Antonio’s future economic success, one thing permeates every objective: workforce. San Antonio’s top priority to ensure its economically healthy and prosperous future is a workforce ready to drive business growth and success.

Companies selecting San Antonio for relocation and expansion are adding new jobs that span education levels, technical and essential skills that will challenge and strengthen San Antonio’s competitive workforce of the future.Companies like Victory Capital, who just announced their headquarters move to San Antonio, cited the community’s population growth and workforce availability as one of the greatest selling points, along with exceptional quality of life and competitive cost of living. To ensure San Antonio’s continued economic prosperity through this transformational growth period, it is up to San Antonio’s public, private, education and workforce development leaders to work together to build a sustainable, skilled workforce pipeline for San Antonio.

SA Works, San Antonio’s workforce development program, partners closely with industry and education to align San Antonio’s efforts to build a sustainable workforce pipeline, particularly in our demand industries of tech, cybersecurity, manufacturing and bioscience. San Antonio is unique in its ability to collaborate across sectors for the betterment of the community. There is a willingness among key education institutions, workforce partners and public sector stakeholders to expand and develop employer-driven workforce partnerships. San Antonio is ready to support the business community’s commitment to prepare and train current and future workers for the ever-changing talent marketplace.

San Antonio’s local institutions of higher education are making critical investments in capacity for programs related to San Antonio’s demand industries. Approximately $200M in funding from the University of Texas Board of Regents, private donations, and contributions from the State of Texas, Bexar County, and the City of San Antonio will help the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) expand its urban campus in the heart of San Antonio’s downtown, a National Security Collaboration Center and School of Data Science will directly supply top talent to the local cybersecurity and technology industries.

As part of its broader efforts to align industry and education, SA Works hosts an annual community wide Job Shadow Day to encourage local industry to open its doors to San Antonio students as part of their talent growth and diversification strategy.

On Tuesday, February 5th, thousands of students will travel across the community to learn more about career opportunities available in technology, manufacturing, bioscience, engineering, financial services and others. The half-day Job Shadow has helped students learn more about careers that interest them and grow awareness as to how internships contribute to both their college and career readiness. Just as importantly, employers have direct access to inspire and inform youth about their career offerings and how to one day potentially join their teams. These work-based learning opportunities are critical, specifically in technical industries like manufacturing and biosciences, to grow student and educator exposure and awareness of the job opportunities that can provide economic mobility.

Last year, there were nearly 4,000 students from high schools across the San Antonio region who participated in Job Shadow Day and SA Works is calling for industry support to beat that record. For more information and to sign up to participate on Feb 5, 2019, visit SAWorks.org/JobShadow.