There are more than 857,000 workers in the Gainesville-Hall County labor market area, which includes the active workforce of Hall and adjoining counties. Our Georgia workforce development initiatives encourage a high level of education and skills training. Skilled people in this region seek employment in the Gainesville area, evident in the Gainesville population surge from 40,000 at night to more than 100,000 during weekday working hours.
Work Based Learning
Building a sustainable workforce for Gainesville-Hall County that possesses the skills needed by today’s (and tomorrow’s) employers is of high priority. By collaborating with area employers, educators and business leaders to create new programs, market existing programs, remove barriers and influence perceptions, the Greater Hall Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force influenced an increase from four manufacturers employing 16 high school students to 19 manufacturers employing 71 high school students. Since 28% of Hall County’s existing workforce is employed in goods producing, making sure our future workforce has access makes sense. We seek to:
- Connect employers to local future employees
- Facilitate communication to educational professionals
- Facilitate industry participation
- Communicate job options through programs and relationships
- Support and communicate state and federal initiatives
- Celebrate workforce development achievements
Increasing incumbent worker skills to hiring new talent to train is an employer responsibility not taken lightly. Apprentices receive prescribed employer on-the-job training and further education over a two-year period resulting in a trained employee, a changed culture and advancement as a company. The concern of “red tape” has been removed as a Workforce Development Initiative.
Finding Skilled Personnel
Georgia workforce development creates the ideal environment for finding and recruiting educated, highly skilled people in Gainesville-Hall County. There are more than 18,000 people enrolled in area colleges and universities with an additional 150,000 enrolled within an hour’s drive. Gainesville-Hall County is the heart of Northeast Georgia’s transportation network and an employment center for the region.
Attracting Talent with a High Quality of Life
Quality of life and employment opportunities are cited by newcomers and employers as major benefits for relocating to the community. Residents can enjoy the Appalachian Mountains, Lake Lanier and Metropolitan Atlanta, all within 30 minutes of Gainesville-Hall County, which has proven especially attractive to the younger workforce. The median age of the workforce in Gainesville-Hall County is 36 years.