Governor Announces Talent Ready Utah

Building Utah’s workforce is essential for our economy today and in the future. Utah employers need a more skilled workforce for high-demand and high-wage occupations. These jobs are coming to Utah, but if they are going to stay in Utah, there has to be talent ready for them. 

That's why Governor Gary R. Herbert announced Talent Ready Utah in his Jan. 25 State of the State address. 

"We anticipate that Talent Ready Utah will help fill 40,000 new high-skill, high-paying jobs over the next four years," Gov. Herbert said.

Talent Ready Utah will have two main focuses: 1) strengthening partnerships with industry and education that establish work-based learning opportunities for these occupations, and 2) connecting students and workforce to these training opportunities.

Work-based learning integrates industry partners into the classroom and exposes students and adults to applied learning in the work site. Utah has developed successful collaboration models for work-based learning and begun scaling these models for expanded impact across the state.  In the photo above, a student participating in a work-based learning program called BiG gains experience with a life sciences start-up incubation. BiG is co-located with the Biomanufacturing Program of the Granite Technical Institute which provides specific and industry-focused training for entry-level positions in pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical device and natural products industries.

Students and adult workforce need to be connected to the right training opportunities that will lead to better employment. Education and industry need to work together to create partnerships and training pathways to fill industry workforce needs. is the new portal that directs people to the right source based on their needs.