Jun. 27, 2016

Idaho’s Got Talent

Internships play an important role in the national discussion about job training.

They’re a useful way for companies to help the newly graduated gain job skills and soft skills, and they’re helpful for job-seekers who want to try out a position or a place of employment.

A Boise organization has created an internship program that focuses not only on the newly graduated, but on the newly arrived. It’s called Global Talent Idaho and it helps skilled immigrants, be they refugees or other newcomers, find a place in a local workplace where they can experience the culture, language, and expectations of a U.S. workplace. There are already programs in Idaho to help unskilled workers find positions in the local labor market. Global Talent focuses on foreign-trained workers who worked in professional jobs in their home countries, but don’t have the language skills or credentials to do those jobs in the U.S.

Aug. 22, 2016

Boise Metro: The Talent Edge

by Clark Krause

What’s your edge?

Three years ago, Idaho bolstered our answer to that question with the creation of the Tax Reimbursement Incentive – to benefit companies that create and grow high-wage jobs and meaningful contributions in our communities. It has proved a critical factor for more than 16 companies that have relocated or expanded here.

Today, there’s another critical factor brought up in every conversation we have with companies assessing the Boise Valley – what’s your talent edge? We have a dynamic and tangible answer to that as well.

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Jul. 12, 2016

Develop Your Own Talent Pipeline

by Lisa Holland

“The expert in anything was once a beginner” – Helen Hayes.

One of the best ways to develop a stronger workforce is to start by providing opportunities for younger individuals to learn and gain exposure to your company first hand. In turn, businesses can begin building a talented, experienced workforce prior to an employee earning a diploma. You guessed it – we’re talking about internships. That was the purpose of a half-day internship workshop hosted by the Boise Valley Economic Partnership with support from the Idaho Department of Labor last week.

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Nov. 5, 2014

Global Talent Idaho aims to match refugees with professional jobs

The Idaho Office for Refugees and Mountain States Group has created a program to help highly skilled refugees find professional-level jobs. Just under 4,000 refugees from foreign countries have arrived in Idaho in the last four years.
Mar. 10, 2016

Boise Student Heads to Washington as Intel Talent Search Finalist

Boise High School senior Nate Marshall, 17, is headed to Washington, D.C. March 10 for the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s best-known science and math competition for students who have not yet entered college. Marshall is one of 40 finalists chosen in January from around the United States to compete March 10-16 for more than $1 million in Intel Foundation awards. Three students will win first-place awards of  $150,000 for showing exceptional scientific potential in the areas of basic research, global good and innovation. There will also be three second-place awards of $75,000 and three third-place awards of $35,000. All finalists receive at least $7,500 for being selected.

Mar. 18, 2016

Boise High Student Takes 3rd in Intel Science Talent Search

A Boise High School student won a third place medal in the Intel Science Talent Search in Washington, D.C. on  March 16.  Nate Marshall, 17, was awarded the third place Medal of Distinction for Global Good in the 75-year-old contest talent search, the nation’s best-known science and math competition for students who have not yet entered college.

Marshall studied a marine sediment core sample and related it to present-day climate change, concluding that the earth can recover from current climate change trends if action is taken soon. Marshall grew up in Boise and attended Adams and Roosevelt elementary schools, the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center, and North Junior High. He was one of 40 finalists chosen for the prestigious competition from around the country. He won $35,000. Three students from Massachusetts, Maine, and California won first-place awards of $150,000 for their projects.

Oct. 12, 2015

Founders of BoiseCodeWorks Say Graduates Will Help Fill Valley’s Need for Tech Talent

It was about 6:10 on a Wednesday night when brothers and instructors Jake and Matt Overall opened class at BoiseCodeWorks. The 21 students who make up the code school’s first cohort sat in rows, tapping away at laptops.

The Overalls and their students are the Treasure Valley’s answer to a chronic shortage of software developer talent in the Valley and elsewhere. BoiseCodeWorks, which opened in August on 50th Street north of Chinden Boulevard in Garden City, is one of dozens of coding schools to sprout around the country over the past four years.

These businesses offer coding boot camps, short but intensive alternatives to higher education. For $3,200, the Overalls promise graduates that they will be competent in coding skills that employers demand.

BoiseCodeWorks is the first such camp locally.

Dec. 20, 2016

CBRE: Let Labor Lead Your Market Expansion

Here’s a question for the corporate decision-makers among you: What markets are you targeting in your geographic growth plan?

The secondary markets that will emerge as winners in the race for talent will be those that best replicate the live-work-play environment of the bigger cities—at a lower cost of living. This is true even in tertiary markets, such as Boise, Tucson or Ann Arbor, where corporations can “partner with local universities … to recognize the opportunities there for smaller-scale operations,” says Seeley. “They are not going to open a 2,000-person tech operation. But for incubators or niche operations, like R&D or cyber security, these are great locations.”

As Kristen Sexton, managing director of CBRE’s Labor Analytics practice, says: “The world is, indeed, flat. Just as capital knows no borders and flows around the world fluently, so too does talent.”

Frank Sinatra may have believed that if you made it in New York you could make it anywhere. Wonder what he thought of Boise?