Identification of Today’s Occupational Demand and Tomorrow’s Required Skills for Talent 2025

Project Dates

12/17/2012 - 04/31/2013


The research project identified: today’s occupational demand of the Talent 2025 region’s base manufacturing and service sectors and the aggregated occupational demand for the 70 Talent 2025 members; the skill sets and training required for successful candidates for these occupations; the skills and training that Talent 2025 region’s businesses will need from their workforce in 2017 to be competitive; and the education and training benchmarks that must be reached for the Talent 2025 region to achieve its goal of having 64% of its 2025 workforce holding occupationally related post-secondary degrees or certificates. Using the Burningglass Labor/Insight™ tool, the Institute created a profile of real-time labor demand for Talent 2025’s base sectors.

The Institute held focus groups for the major base employers in each of these areas: Grand Rapids, Holland-Zeeland, and Muskegon. Finally, the Upjohn Institute combined the occupational projections from its economic forecasting model for the Talent 2025 region (REMI) with the expected training requirements for these occupations to generate a training profile of the region’s 2025 workforce. Given this projected profile of the region’s future workforce, the Upjohn Institute “worked backward” to identify the increases in training capacity ̶ K-12 outcomes and post-secondary graduation rates in the region ̶ as well as, the increase in the flow of young professional workers into the area and upgrading of the skill levels of the existing work force that will be necessary in order to achieve this profile.


A Comprehensive Analysis of the Current and Future Talent Needs for the TALENT 2025 Region. George. A. Erickcek, Brian Pittelko, Claudette Robey, Bridget Timmeney (2013)


Talent 2025

Subject Area

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional policy and planning; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; Job skills and standards