Workforce Advisory Council Releases Needs and Gaps Report

January 30, 2017

The North Dakota Workforce Education Advisory Council (WEAC) has released a new report assessing workforce development needs and gaps across the state. The report was prepared for the State Board of Higher Education, North Dakota University System, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the State Legislature. It identifies current workforce education needs and gaps for industries identified as economic drivers of North Dakota’s economy in the future, including energy, health care, manufacturing and technology. The report also identifies educational-based recommendations for addressing those needs.

Mark Anderson, WEAC chairman, said the report utilized both primary and secondary research to analyze the intersecting needs of business and industry and the state education system.

“This report, which was researched and compiled by consulting firm FHI 360, through a generous grant by Hess Corporation, includes cross-cutting and industry-specific data on workforce needs and gaps across the state,” Anderson said. “The report includes observations and recommendations that can be referenced by the State Board of Higher Education, North Dakota University System and Department of Public Instruction to improve workforce readiness in North Dakota.”

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the report could help to inform educational initiatives moving forward.

“Any time we can work with business and industry to analyze trends and determine workforce needs from an educational perspective, we should look at that option,” Hagerott said. “As trades become more skilled and people retool their skillsets, education must be ready to help that.”

The report is available at under the “WEAC Assessment” link.