A Prosperous Arkansas Depends on You.

Right now, Arkansas’s workforce is facing a challenge. Over 23% of the current skilled professionals are at or near retirement age. But our state’s workforce isn’t prepared to fill the positions our retiring workers are creating. Now is the time to act. By changing how Arkansans think about the job opportunities provided by skilled professions, we can inspire today’s youth and lead them, and our state, down the path to prosperity.

The Skills Gap in Arkansas

More than 82% of manufacturers report moderate or serious shortage in skilled production workers (Source: National Association of Manufacturers). Arkansas skilled trade workers are aging fast, and the gap is widening; 67% are over 45, and 18% are over 55.

How Can You Get Involved?

Unleashing our state’s true potential is a team effort. As a business leader, mentor or educator, you can help us change social perception by being an ambassador for the movement. By working together, we can bring a new generation of pride, progress & professionals to Arkansas’s skilled workforce.

  • Sign up for the Workforce Workshop to be hosted at your organization or school
  • Become a spokesperson in your community on the potential of skilled professions
  • Request an information packet about the movement

Want to get involved?

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The Workforce Workshop

The best opportunity to reach those who will make up the skilled workforce of the future is to bring the opportunity to them. Our mobile unit, the Workforce Workshop, provides hands-on experience with skilled professions while showing the jobs in depth to a live audience.

The Workforce Workshop tour will feature a customized, interactive trailer loaded with information, skills challenges and more as it makes its way across Arkansas visiting companies, schools and community events.

To find out where the Workforce Workshop will be next, or to bring it to your school or event, CLICK HERE.

Contact

Andrew Parker, Director of Governmental Affairs
aparker@arkansasstatechamber.com
501-372-2222

Board of Directors

Grady Harvell

Grady Harvell

Chairman

AFCO Steel, Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

Randy Zook

Randy Zook

President

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce / Associated Industries of Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas

Gary Head

Gary Head

Treasurer

Signature Bank of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Kenny Hall

Kenny Hall

Secretary

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce / Associated Industries of Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas

Charisse Childers

Dr. Charisse Childers

Ex-Officio

Arkansas Department of Career Education
Little Rock, Arkansas

Kenneth Calhoun

Kenneth Calhoun

Altec Service Group
Conway, Arkansas

Joey Dean

Joey Dean

Association of General Contractors – Arkansas Chapter
Little Rock, Arkansas

Beth Franks

Beth Franks

Association of General Contractors – Arkansas Chapter
Little Rock, Arkansas

Michael Garner

Michael Garner

Haas Automation, Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

Randy Henderson

Randy Henderson

Nucor Arkansas
Blytheville, Arkansas

Joseph Quinn

Joseph Quinn

Good Roads Foundation, Inc.
Bentonville School Board Member
Bentonville, Arkansas

Shannon Samples Newton

Shannon Samples Newton

Arkansas Trucking Association
Little Rock, Arkansas