Highly Skilled Talent

Missouri Leads the U.S. 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:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Agtech & Food Solutions
  • Energy
  • Financial and Professional Services
  • Geospatial Analysis and Cybersecurity
  • Health Innovation
  • Logistics and Distribution
Workforce by state in millions:
Missouri: 3.1
Arkansas: 1.4
Illinois: 6.2
Iowa: 1.7
Kansas: 1.5
Kentucky: 2.0
Nebraska: 1.0
Oklahoma: 1.8
Tennessee: 3.3

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 U.S. in how we support your workforce development. Through a one-stop shop approach, Missouri delivers 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’s graduation rate is 4.4% higher than the U.S. average. Missouri’s hourly wage is 11.1% lower than the U.S. average.
Source: BLS, 2020 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 U.S. 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.

Connect with our team today to learn about the 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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Cara Weber

Vice President, Business Recruitment

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