In 2018, Talent Ready Utah was legislatively created to be an industry-facing department within the then Governor’s Office of Economic Development (now Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity) to convene industry, education, state agencies, and other key stakeholders to create, expand, and align short-term and long-term workforce development solutions to the needs of industry. Talent Ready Utah manages and administers multiple targeted workforce development state appropriations through grants awarded to local education agencies (LEAs) and higher education institutions based on regional workforce needs that are data-driven and backed by industry.
On July 1, 2022, Talent Ready Utah was officially moved to the Utah System of Higher Education in the Office of the Commissioner. Talent Ready Utah now reports to the Commissioner of Higher Education. According to statute, Talent Ready Utah shall coordinate with the state’s Talent Board to;
Talent Ready Utah Programs
Higher Education Workforce Programs
K12 Workforce Programs
Talent, Education, and Industry Alignment Board Charter
To provide Talent Ready Utah with strategic direction for workforce alignment with state educational partners. To provide oversite of TRU initiatives in working proactively with industry and state stakeholders to develop and implement short-term and long-term workforce programs. To direct and facilitate progress, performance, and effectiveness of programs involved with employment training and relative placements.
Ensure that workforce programs and alignment efforts are consistent with state workforce projections, are data-driven to target industries, and align with high-demand occupations. Make recommendations to the Utah Board of Higher Education and the Unified Economic Opportunity Commission regarding policy and funding requests to;
Members of industry representing targeted clusters
Private Sector Members