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IDAHO WORKFORCE TRENDS impacting Human resources IN 2024 AND BEYOND

Presented on February 20th, 2024 by Sam Wolkenhaur, Labor Economist from the Idaho Department of Labor

Missed it? View the full presenation, here.
Presentation Slides 

What is workforce readiness?

Workforce readiness can be defined as the “Human Resources Strategy” to economic development.  Workforce readiness focuses on both identifying the barriers that keep the local labor force from achieving their full potential while taking into consideration the overall needs of the state’s current job offerings.

As the premier organization for professionals dedicated to all facets of human resources management, and who represent the wide variety of industries in Idaho’s economy, the Idaho State Council is committed to being an integral part of the strategic solutions that move the state’s economy forward.

As part of this commitment, our Workforce Readiness resources page is designed to provide you, our SHRM members and the community, the resources that connect people to jobs and companies to talent.  We invite you to click and explore the rich list of resources we have compiled for your benefit.

Focus Areas: 

The primary areas of our workforce readiness focus are:

  • Veterans at Work
    • Click here for the Veterans at Work Certificate Program
  • Emerging professionals: preparing students for “what’s next.” Getting talent back to work: Justice-involved individuals
    • Click here for the Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit

Services include help in writing resumes and pre-interview preparation. 

  • Feel free to email Idaho State Council Workforce Readiness Director, Stephanie Parker for more information: idahoshrm@gmail.com


The Idaho SHRM Council is dedicated to serving the needs of returning, separating or retiring service members by helping in the transition to their next career.


Developed for HR professionals, hiring managers, and front-line supervisors, this new multi-faceted program from the SHRM Foundation will enable participants to:

  • Learn the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace
  • Demonstrate their commitment to attract, hire and retain these talented professionals
  • Earn 10 professional development credits toward SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertificatiom.

The Veterans at Work Certificate is completely free and open to all and requires the completion of five tasks: two surveys, two learning segments, and a short quiz.

The Veterans at Work Certificate program is made possible due to the generous sponsorship from Comcast NBCUniversal, in partnership with PsychArmor Institute®. To register or learn more, visit shrmfoundation.org/VeteransAtWork or email veteransatwork@shrm.org.



Nearly 700,000 people are released from prison each year and are locked out of the job market. Those who have served their time should not be “re-sentenced” by employers, especially when businesses are experiencing a human capital crisis. Join business leaders and pledge to consider all qualified candidates.

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