Interview Protocol for Employers and Employer Organizations

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Interview Protocol for Employers and Employer Organizations
Module One Workforce
Interview Protocol for Employers and Employer
Organizations
These questions can be used with individual employers, and with employer
organizations such as sectoral partnerships, to understand their needs and concerns,
and how they are and could be involved in workforce development initiatives.
1. DEMAND: In your industry, what sectors are creating the most demand for workers, or
are feeling shortages of qualified workers?
a. What occupations are the most difficult to fill?
b. Where do you think there are the most opportunities for young workers?
c. What are the key education, certification and skills demands in those
occupations?
d. What limits youth from being able to enter those careers?
e. What are the career advancement paths for people in those careers?
2. CURRENT EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT: How are you and other employers engaged in
workforce initiatives that prepare young people for careers?
a. How are employers working with schools, community-based organizations that
work with opportunity youth, colleges or other workforce intermediaries?
b. How are they helping to create work-based learning experiences?
c. What is working and not working about these initiatives?
d. What incentivizes and supports have helped employers engage in youth
workforce initiatives? What prevents or disengages them? (How are labor or
education policies assisting or hindering work-based learning?)
e. What needs to be in place for a successful work-based learning experience?
(Student selection, training plans, retention support, work with unions or other
employees.)
f.
What employer organizations and individuals have played major roles? What
have been the sources of leadership?
3. EDUCATION PARTNERS: How are the K-12 and community college systems, and
networks of community-based training providers, doing as partners or suppliers of skilled
workers?
a. How do you and other employers perceive these entities’ ability to meet employer
needs?
b. What institutions have been particularly responsive?
c. What barriers do you encounter in working with education and workforce
partners? And what needs to happen?
d. What legal, financial or other factors influence your decisions to develop workbased learning or other partnerships with schools and/or community-based
organizations?
4. OPPORTUNITIES (Closing)
a. What are the greatest needs that employers and educators must address to
better prepare young workers?
b. What system changes would you like to see implemented?
c. What employer and education leaders are critical to implementing
improvements?
d. What organizations and leaders could serve as credible conveners and leaders
of employers who want to improve career preparation?
e. What supports, resources and incentives would help employers sustain
involvement?

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