The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) has announced that it has been awarded a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to conduct a study of workforce readiness for jobs in the geospatial sector. The study will identify the needs, challenges, and priorities in building and strengthening the geospatial workforce. The Association of American Geographers (AAG), a nonprofit professional association based in Washington, D.C., will have a significant role in supporting the effort.
The grant comes as a result of President Bush’s High Growth Job Training Initiative, a collaborative effort to help team people with the jobs that are needed. The initiative is a strategic effort to prepare workers to take advantage of new and increasing job opportunities in high-growth, high-demand, and economically vital sectors of the American economy. The High Growth Job Training Initiative has identified the geospatial sector as one of 12 that is projected to have far-reaching impact on the U.S. economy. GITA will partner with universities, geospatial vendor and user organizations, and other nonprofit, trade, and educational associations to build the needed education, employment, and economic development capacity to meet the geospatial industry workforce needs.