Highly Skilled Talent

Missouri Leads the US in Workforce Talent Development & Training

At more than 3 million strong, Missouri’s talent pool is deeper, more qualified, and more prepared to deliver the level of workforce talent acquisition expertise you need..

In 2019, Missouri used a comprehensive strategic approach to take workforce training to the next level. And we moved ahead of Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia in customized training. Missouri is the State of Champions when it comes to talent development.

The new Missouri One Start program integrates:

  • Colleges across the state into one seamless system
  • Significant increase in funding for customized training programs for companies, and
  • A single point of contact statewide for these companies to utilize

A New Day for Missouri

Missouri One Start is combined with new programs that offer:

  • Free community college degrees for adults
  • Retraining of prisoners so they are ready to reenter the workforce
  • A complete customer-centric overhaul of the Department of Economic Development, and
  • A strategy focused on solving the problems businesses face

As a result, this strategic vision that has become a reality in record time is ushering in a new day for Missouri.

With a higher graduation rate and a lower hourly wage than the national average, you won’t find a workforce better suited to make your hiring process as simple and seamless as possible.

A Diverse Talent Base

Our state boasts quality talent in several different industries, including key growth areas such as:

Missouri has a workforce of 3,083,245 more than most of our neighboring states.

Overall Workforce (Source: BLS, 2019 annual)

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Agtech and Agri-Business
  • Energy
  • Financial and Professional Services
  • Food Solutions
  • Geospatial Analysis and Cybersecurity
  • Health Innovation
  • Logistics and Distribution

Custom-Tailored Training Options

There are so many factors that go into making your company unique and you need to make sure the training solutions available are tailored to meet your expectations and business goals. Missouri is now leading the US in how we support your workforce development. Through a one-stop shop Missouri will help you deliver fully customized workforce talent acquisition and training to give you a competitive advantage. Talk to us today about how we can build a program just for you.

Missouri has a higher graduation rate and lower wages than the U.S. average

Source: BLS, 2019 annual and National Center for Education Statistics

Why Move or Expand to Missouri?

Home to many certified work ready communities, Missouri employees are hard-working, conscientious, engaged in workforce training opportunities, and display adaptability to technology and workforce evolution.

Additionally, Missouri’s competitive cost of living and vibrant culture enables employers to provide employees with a high quality of life at a lower cost than almost anywhere in the US. With so much to offer in this State of Champions, it’s hard to think of a reason why Missouri isn’t the right place to grow your business.

Get in touch with our team today and find out what specific solutions we offer to help satisfy your workforce talent acquisition needs. With Missouri Partnership, we’ll make sure that you grow with the right people.

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In Their Words

What I like about Missouri is the people. I like the work ethic that comes with the people. I like the honesty you encounter.

— Katalyst Surgical / Gregg Scheller

We would find it difficult to replace the work force, many of whom are very technically skilled people. Missouri is good for Leggett & Platt, because of people, resources, economic incentives, and low tax burden.

— Leggett & Platt / Dave Haffner

People here have an excellent work ethic. And there’s a sense of extended family in the area. It’s feels like a wholesome, down home country atmosphere with the amenities that you would expect in a metropolitan area.

— EaglePicher Technologies / Randy Moore

I’m not sure what my expectations were, but I’ve been surprised by the talent of the pool we’ve got to work with in the local area, and by ‘the local area’ I mean not only Columbia, but St. Louis, Kansas City, and Rolla.

— IBM / Jim Chapdelaine

Our staff understands glass science and technology. This is a company that grew out of the research and talent being incubated at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

— Mo-Sci Corporation / Ted Day

The work ethic here is really good. People come in and work hard. They’re used to working hard before we hire them.

— Jack Henry & Associates / Jack Prim

I've lived in a lot of places, and there is a difference here in how people conduct themselves. There is a strong work ethic and friendliness that I haven't found elsewhere.

— Triumph Pharmaceuticals / Dr. Susanne Cohen

Kansas City is the ideal location for our punched grid manufacturing center of excellence given its proximity to key Exide customers and our existing manufacturing facilities as well as access to an experienced local workforce.

— Exide Technologies / Vic Koelsch