West Virginia | Workforce Planning: How to Attract and Retain Talent at Your Water System

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Date(s) - 09/10/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Braxton County Technology Center


Small water systems are struggling to recruit and keep experienced staff. What will happen when your utility’s long-term operator or manager retires? Who knows all that they know? This workshop will focus on succession planning, operator recruitment, embracing multiple generations in the workplace, and staff retention strategies. We will discuss links between workforce development, system sustainability, and long-term planning.

You will learn how to:

– Analyze gaps in your current workforce

– Write compelling job descriptions

– Re-brand your workplace culture to attract qualified applicants

– Retain excellent talent long-term

– Recruit and work with Generation Z and Millennials

– Learn how to bridge generational differences

– Prepare for the Baby Boomer retirement phase with succession planning

5.5 CEHs are approved by the WV Operation and Training Program for both water and wastewater.

Trainers: Tonya Bronleewe and Leslie Kimble, Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center

Contact: Leslie Kimble, leslie.kimble@wichita.edu

Who should attend: Utility managers and HR staff, city managers, city clerks, water operators, or anyone who hires, supervises or mentors municipal employees.


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