WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Contacts: Justin Worthley, Burton Snowboards at JustinW@burton.com and Corinne Prevot, Skida at corinne@shopskida.com

“Vermont’s outdoor recreation companies are hiring” was the message in VOBA’s August press release published in industry media outlets, including Vermont Business Magazine. Businesses across the state listed full-time and seasonal needs with open positions anticipated for the upcoming holiday and winter seasons.

This challenge are among many being addressed by VOBA’s Workforce Development Work Group. Projects developing for 2020 include researching the outdoor recreation industry need for current and future jobs and skill sets; identifying career pathways; and, expanding funding for training and employment programs. Learn how to get involved.


Workforce Development Resources

Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) resources include VDOL information on apprenticeship, grants, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program; Community College of Vermont's workforce development web page; and, Vermont Job Link, an online job search engine for employers and job seekers.

Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development/Department of Tourism and Marketing offers resources such as the ThinkVermont jobs board or upcoming Stay to Stay Weekends. The state and regional organizations are scheduling time between employers and visitors considering a move to Vermont. Mountain biking has been arranged with Vermont Mountain Bike Association chapters, and ski and outdoor recreation weekends are being planned for 2020.

  • Bennington/Manchester - September 13–16 and October 25–28 (mountain bike)

  • Woodstock - September 13–16 (mountain bike)

  • St. Johnsbury - September 13–16 and October 4–7 (mountain bike)

  • Rutland - October 18–21

  • Brattleboro - October 25–28

  • Burlington - November 8–11

  • Newport - December 13–16