The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) and its Workforce Investment Board welcome you to the official site of the Workforce Opportunity Project.

This groundbreaking empirical survey completed in 2010 is based upon 100 intensive face-to-face interviews of randomly selected Eastern Kentucky employers.

Questions included:

  • What are the most important personal traits you seek when hiring a worker?
  • What skills do you need in your workforce today and in the future?
  • What majors, degrees or training do your future workers need?
  • What is your projection about hiring in the future?

The participating employers provided a picture of the future workforce needed in Eastern Kentucky. Their responses pave the way for preparing the workforce by identifying the top skills and traits needed. The feedback provided by this research can be used by schools, colleges, workforce development and job seekers as a tool for workforce readiness to meet the critical job skills needed by Eastern Kentucky employers.