(HOUSTON) Workforce Solutions and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a joint seminar in September aimed at helping Island employers recruit, train, and retain workers, officials with the two agencies announced today.

“The Gulf Coast is seeing one of the tightest job markets in years, so employers need to be really savvy about their recruitment and retention strategies,” said Mike Temple, Director of Workforce Solutions. “This event is an opportunity for them to get a better understanding of how to identify, attract, and retain good workers and ensure they have a well-qualified talent pipeline.”

Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College and chair of the Galveston Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee said “Galveston College is excited to be the partner location for this exciting workforce development conference. Eighty percent of all jobs require candidates to have some form of education or training beyond the high school level. As Galveston Island’s community college, our focus is on providing training, certifications, degrees and advancement opportunities to meet our local and regional business, industry, healthcare and public safety needs.”

As Galveston Island’s community college, our focus is on providing training, certifications, degrees and advacement opportunities to meet our local and regional business, industry, healthcare, and public safety needs.

The seminar will feature a variety of speakers as well as a keynote. Topics will include making your interview rock, training on a shoestring budget, and engaging and attracting a new workforce. The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) has approved two of the guest speakers and their sessions will qualify for Continuing Education (CE) credits. After the qualified sessions, participants will apply for the credit with the information provided.

“Building a Work-Ready Community” will take place on Wednesday, September 18 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas. The seminar is free; however, registration is required. Lunch will be available for a fee. For more information and to register, visit galvestonchamber.com/workforce-development or contact Robert Evans at the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce; 409.763.5326 or email revans@galvestonchamber.com.

Workforce Solutions is dedicated to keeping the Gulf Coast region a great place to do business, work, and live. Our employer-driven, people-focused approach elevates the economic and human potential of the region to attract and retain the best employers, afford everyone the dignity of a job, and remain indispensable to the global economy. As the public workforce system for 13 counties in Southeast Texas, we work in tandem with the Texas Workforce Commission and the statewide Workforce Solutions network to maintain the state’s largest job-match database – WorkInTexas.com.

As Texas’ first chamber of commerce established in 1845, the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce promotes and advocates for business and community development. We are committed to action through carefully planned programs that include economic development, community development, education initiatives, public affairs and legislative issues. For more information about the Galveston Chamber, visit us www.GalvestonChamber.com.