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The HRP-MN Workforce Readiness Committee launched our first Workforce Readiness initiative in 2009-2010. In partnership with the Minnesota National Guard, we identified the Veterans program, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and worked with military outreach to add value to their Employment Coaches program, Veteran Job Search support and Employer Outreach Efforts.  

SHRM is committed to the employment of Veterans initiatives.  SHRM announced its partnership with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) by signing a Statement of Support at SHRM’s 2010 Employment Law and Legislative Conference. Shortly after, HRP-MN signed a Statement of Support. For updated information about SHRM’s military support initiatives, go to the SHRM Military Employment Resource page

In 2012 the committee launched a “Quick Link” HRP-MN Veteran Hiring Toolkit for recruiters and employers. We aimed to ease access to local resources, support and best practices to promote veteran recruitment and hiring in Minnesota and to provide a simplified Veteran’s Hiring Toolkit focused on businesses with limited HR resources.

With the unemployment rate among veterans double that of the rest of the population in Minnesota and 700 troops coming home this summer, efforts to reach out to Statewide MN SHRM Chapters, companies and recruiters are set for the first part of 2012, with an emphasis on getting the word out about the toolkit as a resource and the employment needs of veterans.  

Volunteer Employment Coaches will be needed as troops come home and launch their job searches.  Contact Barbara O’Reilly, DVA, Veterans Employment at

SHRM Workforce Readiness – What is it?

Workforce Readiness can be defined as having new workplace entrants prepared to enter the workforce with the requisite knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes in order to knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes in order to engage in endeavors that will be required in their respective occupations.  Partnerships and alliances between educational institutions, governmental entities and employers can assist in ensuring that these new workforce entrants are sufficiently prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities they will face in the workplace.

HR professionals are uniquely suited to address many of the challenges raised by workforce readiness issues. HR professionals can play a strategic role in helping employers formulate exacting standards for workforce skills, capabilities and attributes that the employer community needs. Additionally, the HR community can take the lead in coalition building to articulate the need for developing rigorous standards, which can be shared throughout the business community and serve as a basis for advocacy of workforce readiness efforts. HR professionals can bring their quantitative skills to help develop programs to improve workforce readiness and to evaluate models and pilot programs to ensure their effectiveness and adaptability in meeting current needs and their ability to anticipate future needs.

For SHRM Workforce Readiness information and resources visit SHRM Volunteer Resources and scroll down to the Workforce Readiness.

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