Online Training
Analyzing Sector Skill Needs


May 4, 6, 13, 2021

2:00 – 4:00pmET

Given the importance of cluster or sector strategies, applied researchers are increasingly asked to provide detailed examinations of the occupational and skill needs of specific industries. Through a series of lectures, exercises and discussions, this session will lead participants through the process of analyzing the workforce needs of their region’s key economic drivers. Participants will learn how to connect industries to occupations, and then occupations to key skills and certifications. Workshop participants will also learn how to synthesize this information so that they can inform their region’s education and training efforts in a compelling manner.

Note: the course will include presenting a small project to the course attendees. People may pre-record if they would like and still attend in person for feedback.

Mark White, Associate Extension Professor, University of Missouri, whitemc@missouri.edu
Allison Forbes, Research Director, CREC, aforbes@crec.net


  • Introductions and overview
  • Identifying key occupations – Part I
    • Industries and industry clusters
    • Occupational clusters
  • Identifying key occupations – Part II
    • Organizing and prioritizing occupational data
    • Related and complementary approaches (triangulating with other data sources)
  • Connecting occupations to skills
    • Defining skills and choosing skills data
    • Transferable skills and similar occupations
    • Credential Data
  • Triangulating with other data sources – overview
  • Matching skills to sources
  • Pulling it together and identifying gaps
  • Now what? Making it matter – communication and engagement


Non-members:  $525.00
Research Professional and Organizational Members:  $420.00
Premium Organizational Members and LMI Institute State Members: $367.50

Registration Form (PDF)