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Wednesday, October 9 • 11:15am - 11:45am
Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Strategic Workforce Management Plan from Recruitment to Retirement

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Water utilities continue to look for innovative solutions to recruit, train, and retain the next generation of qualified employees to fill critical leadership positions left from the retirement void. This challenge can be compounded by cultures of protectionary hiring and training practices that result in staff who lack vision, education, aptitude, job knowledge, skills, and ability, leaving the utility at risk. The solution is to develop and implement an innovative strategic workforce management plan that provides an organizational paradigm shift with the following critical keys for success: Innovative hiring practices; comprehensive training programs which provide and measure employee job competence levels with present and future goals in mind; and novel succession planning with clearly identified career paths that attract millennials, provides generational training and development, all neatly packaged in a program that is cost effective and easy to implement.

This presentation will provide detailed strategic workforce solutions (30 years in the making) which are proven successful, cost effective, easy to implement, and can help utilities avoid pitfalls while leaping ahead in providing innovative workforce training and leadership development.

Speakers
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Gerard Yates

Water Quality Director, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
Gerard Yates is the Water Quality/Treatment Manager for Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD). He oversees water quality, finished water distribution, laboratories, and the operations and maintenance of the District's surface water treatment plants. He has a Bachelor of... Read More →


Wednesday October 9, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am MDT
Columbine