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When: May 8, 2018
7:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Where: Noah's Event Center
1805 90th St.
West Des Moines, IA  50266
United States
Contact: Central Iowa SHRM
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Barriers to Employment

Learn more about the challenges employers and job candidates face in today’s workforce environment in this presentation by United Way of Central Iowa.

With historic low unemployment and a growing skills gap between the needs of employers and the available workforce, this interactive dialogue will help uncover the barriers and obstacles potential candidates and your current employees face.

Topics to be covered include an overview of central Iowa’s untapped workforce: the under skilled, immigrants and refugees, individuals with disabilities and those who may have a criminal background and what United Way, business, education and government leaders are doing to address these unique populations through adult basic education and post-secondary training. Learn more about poverty in our communities and the growth of asset-limited and income-constrained families in suburban communities. Explore the cost of living in central Iowa and the health and well-being issues that impact all central Iowa workers and contribute to the challenges faced by current and future employees in reaching self-sufficiency.

Gain insight on the strategies and partnerships in central Iowa that are working to upskill, train and prepare employees to meet the needs of employers today, and tomorrow. Experience real-world examples of the public-private partnerships, agencies and programs that can assist your company or organization in advancing workforce development, work-based learning, apprenticeships and other education and training opportunities.

Having retention issues with front-line staff? Learn about some of the systemic barriers in place that discourage employees from advancing in your company or organization including transportation, child care, education, mental health access and health and well-being and what you can do today to help retain qualified staff and build for the future. We will also share resources that can help you connect your current employees with the services and referrals they need to address current challenges and crises.

We’ll have a deep-dive in comprehensive data from over 130 partner agencies in the region on today’s workforce, including heat maps of the region – where the workforce is located and moving and where access and educational attainment challenges to self-sufficiency exist.

Also, learn more about the Iowa legislative landscape with an overview of the major policies advanced this legislative session that work to address the specific needs of workforce development, education and training and how you can intersect with these new initiatives and programs.

This presentation will look through the lenses of education, financial stability and health as together we explore the current workforce and the strategies you can implement to improve outcomes for your business or organization. And of course, we want to hear from you! Discussion will include the barriers you experience in meeting your human resource goals, attracting and retaining qualified workers, and what innovative approaches you have in place to address these issues.

About United Way of Central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa fights for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. For over 100 years, United Way of Central Iowa has brought together nonprofits, businesses, government, community leaders, volunteers, and more to identify and tackle central Iowa’s toughest challenges. Focusing on issues such as early grade reading, poverty, mental and social health, high school graduation, and career training, United Way of Central Iowa inspires central Iowans to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve lives and empower all in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Iowa, visit

About Dave Stone

Dave Stone currently serves as Advocacy Officer for United Way of Central Iowa. In this role, Stone focuses on government relations and advocacy in advancing the collective legislative goals of the United Way and its coalition partners in the areas of education, income and health.

Stone holds a Master of Public Administration from Drake University in Des Moines and a Bachelor of Political Science from Iowa State University in Ames.