Workforce Development

The Bluegrass Society for Human Resource Management is committed to improving the quality of the workforce in the Bluegrass region and Kentucky overall.  A strong workforce makes for a strong economy!

In order to avoid the waterfall of problems associated with the approaching losses that will occur as we lose a large percentage of our experienced workforce, it will be essential for employers to take action and begin recruiting on our campuses and to attend and hire at the annual Job & Internship Fairs!  By working now to create new avenues of finding potential employees, you can prepare your organization today to meet tomorrow's challenges.


Some of you may be familiar with the ‘Bridging the Talent Gap’ (BTTG) state-wide data that was shared across the state this past May,  This initiative surveyed businesses across the state to understand what workforce talent gaps existed, according to the businesses themselves.   


As a follow-up, we had a regional meeting in June to look at the data specific to the Bluegrass region.

We discussed how we, in our respective roles, can help to address/support the workforce gaps that exist. 


We have established that quarterly meetings can help bring together workforce professionals, businesses, governmental organizations, and educational institutions. 


The intent of these meetings is help to unify and communicate efforts, and establish networks to help address our workforce gaps as a community and as a region.


You are invited to our upcoming meeting!

Please see attached meeting agenda.


Please register for your seat at this Eventbrite link:


There are limited slots available and registration ends next Wednesday, October 4th at 1:00 p.m.

The meeting is free and a breakfast buffet will be provided beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The agenda is also available on the Eventbrite website.


Additionally, I have listed the date, location and time below:

Workforce Training – Current Opportunities, Future Possibilities”

A Follow-up Meeting to the Bridging the Talent Gap Results - In the Bluegrass Region.


Purpose: To learn about current workforce training opportunities in our community that address workforce training needs and gaps.


When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Where: Midway University

512 E Stephens St. ,

McManis Student Center

Midway, KY 40347


Leadership Kentucky is excited to announce a new program, ELEVATE KENTUCKY, a personal and professional development opportunity for young professionals. Through three, monthly sessions, ELEVATE participants will bring to their organizations increased skills, knowledge, perspective, and a new statewide professional network. 


If someone in your company is interested in personal and professional development while fostering a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our Commonwealth, please consider applying. Applications are available on the Leadership Kentucky website until December 15 with sessions beginning in March of 2017. 


Attached you will find an overview of the program and a FAQ sheet.  Please contact Leadership Kentucky with any additional questions by calling 502-695-1102 or at


Janice Way, ’87, CFRE, President

Leadership Kentucky, Inc.

464 Chenault Road ●Frankfort, KY  40601

502-695-1102 office ● 859-240-0331 cell


KY SHRM: Workforce Readiness Initiative-

Your local Kentucky Career Center provides a free resource for chapter members to post jobs and search for resumes!



Stats will be available soon to measure progress on increasing employer registration across the state and jobs posted during January vs. August.


ESHRM’s Workforce Readiness Director is Jim Skees.





You have an opportunity to make a difference by volunteering at your local Kentucky Career Center (formerly known as the local Employment Office).


For example, attached is Hardin County’s schedule of the free classes available to job seekers where employers share their expertise and teach  “The Winning Interview”, “Resumes That Get Attention”, and “Effective Job Search Methods”.  (In addition, you add to your own professional development.)


There is a direct correlation between employment and one’s self worth.  Employment mitigates low self-esteem, is attributable to psychological well-being, and overall happiness…for everyone!


Locate your local Kentucky Career Center at


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February 29, 2016

Newport Independent and Boone County Schools join KY Unbridled Careers!!!

Our special thanks and welcome to Newport Independent and Boone County Schools, the latest districts to join Kentucky Unbrideld Careers!  This brings our total School Districts to 17, including 60 middle, high, & technical schools enrolling over 158,000 students across the state.

Total Company Listings and Careers Coaches

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Companies Involved

With the Kentucky Unbridled Careers platform, students gain valuable workforce information and direction as they choose their education and career fields.  We are looking for businesses and/or professionals that would like to build a company profile (FREE!) or volunteer to be a career coach.  Anyone interested in GETTING INVOLVED can find additional information here!

Interested in getting your school district signed up with Kentucky Unbridled us...

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How do I get started?  Register at

Registration takes minutes and you can choose to register ONLY or volunteer at different levels.

  • Select “Employers”
  • Select “Get Involved” to start your company’s profile!

·         As you finalize your registration, please note KY SHRM as the referral.

What does it cost?


Registration allows you to maintain a company profile to describe your business, highlight your unique attributes, and communicate your areas of need to the future employees as well as parents and educators.


What’s in it for me?

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