Workforce & Training
Mississippi delivers a skilled workforce that can evolve with your company’s changing needs.
Whether you require a customized training solution or are looking to recruit a team with the skills and the know-how to hit the ground running, Mississippi offers the workforce and advanced training opportunities you need for success.
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Right to Work States
Mississippi combines a dedicated and productive labor force with a sophisticated workforce training system, allowing our state’s workers to adapt to the requirements of both existing and new companies entering the state.
Our state is setting record improvements in graduation rates and education attainment. In 2017, 84 percent of Mississippi high school seniors graduated on time – the highest graduation rate on record. As of 2018, 83 percent of residents over the age of 25 held a high school degree or better.
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)
Training and Recruitment
Mississippi offers a variety of training solutions, including traditional credit and non-credit programs, customized “just in time” training, pre-employment training, train-the-trainer programs, applicant assessment, and career readiness programs.
Mississippi’s Workforce Investment Network (WIN) Job Centers assist businesses in finding workers through traditional recruitment activities, an online recruiting/application process, and job fairs. WIN also provides on-the-job training, which helps offset training costs. Likewise, businesses may qualify for reimbursement of up to half of a new employee’s wages during training.
Mississippi Works is the state’s online resource for connecting job seekers with employers. The goal of this program is to ensure that every Mississippian has a job and businesses can find quality talent, resources and a solid infrastructure on which to build a successful future. Since its launch, Mississippi Works has helped thousands of Mississippians find jobs.
The Mississippi Works Training Fund
In 2016, Mississippi established the Mississippi Works Training Fund, allocating $50 million over 10 years to enhance training opportunities at the state’s 15 community colleges. The Mississippi Development Authority has the ability to direct funds as part of industry recruitment and expansion efforts with 75% of the total funding commitment dedicated toward new job creation and 25% to existing industry. Training is conducted primarily through Mississippi’s community college system, local workforce development areas and universities.
Contact us to learn more about training opportunities available in Mississippi.