|Workforce & Training
PRODUCTIVE, SKILLED WORKFORCE
Companies find a deep, talented, and focused labor pool. Workers possess a traditional, old-fashioned belief in a day’s work for a day’s pay. The combination makes the region a place where companies can grow with higher productivity and bottom-line impact.
Research shows Inland Northwest workers are among the most productive nationally. The concentration of workers with post-high school education is high. Workers are highly skilled, eager, and trainable.
A growing, skilled regional workforce of nearly 400,000 strong, is educated, motivated, and hardworking. Productivity is high. Turnover and unionization are lower than the national average. Wages are competitive.
Assistance with fine tuning those skills to meet specific company needs is available. Idaho and Washington each offer valuable workforce training grants.
VAST HIGHER EDUCATION RESOURCES
Six public and two private, four-year institutions offer undergraduate and advanced degrees in business management and administration, engineering, computer and information science, international studies, and numerous other programs critical to competing in today’s expanding global marketplace. Universities commonly partner with business to support economic growth in urban and rural communities. The Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute is an example of a partnership that helps business take innovation to the marketplace.
SKILLS BUILDING PROGRAMS
Dozens of trade, technical and specialty schools further enrich the region’s workforce. Customized training programs are a valuable resource to companies looking for specific skills.
Public and private schools recognized for academic excellence provide the basis of knowledge and skills. Graduation rates and test scores regularly rank among the highest in the country. Students demonstrate qualities like commitment, drive, and determination that translate into business productivity.
VITAL MILITARY COMMUNITY
Fairchild Air Force Base is a source of technically skilled and disciplined workers. Those workers bring proven ability to adapt and learn, even in the most challenging situations.
Photo credits—Alan Bisson: page top; North Idaho College: bottom right.