Great Bend to Host First Grow Workforce Employer and Jobseeker Summit

The Grow Workforce Employer and Jobseeker Summit will be held in central Kansas in April and registration is now open. This unique summit will empower and support both job seekers and businesses through the sharing of best practices, resources, training, programs and incentives available to build a talent pipeline. The two-day event will kick off on April 20 with a full day of education for the company and the job seeker, followed by two very different career fairs on April 27. Both days will take place at the Great Bend Events Center with businesses from across the state invited to participate. Registration is live at https://www.gbedinc.com/workforcesummit.

What are employers up to?

Employers facing a tight workforce are encouraged to attend both day events with their leadership team to ensure an aligned team ready to move forward in a competitive marketplace. Sponsorship packages as well as a la carte options are available.

Day one showcases the latest best practices in retention and recruitment. Business owners, HR professionals, supervisors and other leadership roles are welcome to attend any or all of the information-rich sessions scheduled. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

Throughout the day, employers and participants will benefit from the skills and experience of others who are all looking to build a large, resilient, well-qualified and well-trained talent pool. Registrants will learn how to transform and improve their workforce while understanding how the workforce climate is changing. Concurrent sessions will offer valuable insights with actionable takeaways.

Twin Cities Rise, based in Minneapolis, Minn., will host discussions on “Managing Change,” “Employing a Different Worker and Employer Benefits,” and “A New Era of the Workforce.” work and how to adapt”. Attendees will also enjoy a keynote speaker over lunch with local businessman, Dr. Nels Lindberg, presenting his new book on ‘Hiring & Firing’.

Reverse Job Fair

There will also be a special labor resource fair that will include employer incentives, training opportunities, and more.

The second day will offer a traditional job fair from 3-6pm and a reverse job fair will be introduced earlier in the day. From 1 to 3 p.m., employers will be able to meet shortlisted candidates across the table and visit job seekers whose skills and abilities match their needs. Companies must bring the description of vacancies, be open

To visit gbedinc.com/workforcesummit for complete route and registration information. Barton County businesses that call Great Bend Economic Development and attend both day events will receive 25% off their total registration.

What do job seekers expect?

Job seekers will have plenty of opportunities at the Grow Workforce Employer & Jobseeker Summit. Day one will include a special career success workshop, while day two will feature both a reverse job fair and a traditional job fair. Those looking to change careers will find the latest training programs, jobs, and career enhancement opportunities available in Barton County.

On April 20, a special workshop on career success will take place and will include lunch for those who have registered. During the Career Success Workshop, led by KansasWorks, job seekers will receive support and training to help them in a competitive job market. Job seekers will learn what employers are looking for today and how to apply these characteristics to succeed in the job market. This workshop is offered to teach job seekers how to master the soft skills needed to land their dream job.

Attendance at the Career Success Workshop is free, but all job seekers must register to receive lunch and relevant training materials. Registrations must be completed at gbedinc.com/workforcejobsummitjobseekers.

After a successful first day, job seekers are invited to attend the second day, April 27, where they will have two distinct options to explore potential employment opportunities. Job seekers serious about their search can apply to participate in a reverse job fair allowing them to position themselves as an outstanding job seeker and move to the forefront of employers’ resume piles.

A reverse job fair is an opportunity for job seekers to set up a booth to promote themselves and let employers come to them – flipping the table. To participate in the reverse portion of the job fair, job seekers should email their resumeadmin@gbedinc.com. Those looking for resume resume help can connect with KansasWorks in downtown Great Bend for one-on-one resume help.

A traditional job fair will follow from 3-6 p.m. for anyone wishing to meet with employers about vacancies. KansasWorks Bus will also be on hand to provide recovery assistance. In addition, door prizes and food trucks will be available for those present.

For full event details, visit gbedinc.com/workforcejobsummit.