Workforce Readiness



Jerry Henry, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Workforce Readiness Director


Good day!  Welcome to the Workforce Readiness page for Texas SHRM.  As the 2018 Workforce Readiness Director my goal is to be a resource for all the Chapters in the Great State of Texas! 

A little about me.  I have worked in Human Resources for more than 20 years in organizations small and large, ranging from the military, non-profit, retail, commercial, and higher education.  Each one of those industries brought their own set of unique challenges in finding and retaining a qualified workforce.  In addition, I have held almost every local chapter position and have been privileged enough to serve as president for three (3) chapters.

Please feel free in reaching out to me at

Workforce Readiness

Workforce Readiness can be defined as ensuring that today’s and tomorrow’s workforce has the skills, competencies and behaviors to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.

The Society for Human Resource Management believes that government and employers play a role in providing worker training and development opportunities to maintain a skilled labor force.

SHRM also is committed to helping HR professionals remove the barriers that may prevent qualified workers from being fully considered for jobs—particularly because of their long-term unemployment status.


· Awareness

· Action

· Advocacy

Focus Areas:

  • Preparedness
  • Up-skilling/Re-skilling
  • Retaining
  • Accommodating
  • Transitioning


SHRM – Resources for Workforce Readiness Volunteers

Texas Veterans:

Just For Veterans

Texas Veterans Portal

Texas Veterans Commission

O*Net Military Crosswalk

Texas Hire Ability (people with disabilities)

Texas Workforce Commission

Community and Workforce Partners

Economic Development

Skills Development Fund

Train Your Workforce

Workforce Development Boards

Texas Work Ready Communities

Texas College and Career Readiness

Workforce Readiness CLA Seminars (2018):

Wednesday, Mar. 22, @ 4 p.m. ET
Wednesday, May 17, @ 4 p.m. ET
Thursday, Aug. 17, @ 12 Noon ET
Tuesday, Nov. 14, @ 4 p.m. ET


Position Summary:

Serves as an appointed member of the chapter board of directors. Monitors and evaluates on a continuing basis local activities concerning workforce readiness issues and plans and encourages chapter involvement and activities impacting the workforce readiness arena. Presents a report or update to the chapter president and fellow chapter members. Works in cooperation with state-level workforce readiness advocates.

Responsible To: 

The members of the chapter
The chapter president 
State council workforce readiness director


  • Serve as advocate and program coordinator for workforce readiness chapter activities.
    • Partner with local schools to share information. Contact local workforce readiness coordinators within the schools to discuss initiatives. 
    • Identify and evaluate issues that impact workforce readiness and develop goals for chapter workforce readiness strategy.
    • Report on workforce readiness issues to chapter members and serve as advocate at chapter activities for education programs.
    • Serve as a resource for chapter members on workforce readiness issues and provide leadership to the chapter on education issues.
    • Monitor local activities concerning workforce readiness and provide timely information on education issues to the chapter president and state workforce readiness director.
    • Work in close cooperation with state workforce readiness director.
    • Develop and support workshops and seminars that address workforce readiness issues.
    • Provide special recognition for chapter members and for local programs that promote betterment of the local workforce through educational process.
    • Respond to any other requirements of the chapter president and state workforce readiness director. 
    • Participate in SHRM Workforce Readiness Core Leadership Area volunteer leader conference calls and webcasts.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the chapter.
    • Represent the chapter in the human resources community.
    • Attend all monthly membership and board of directors meetings.

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