Delaware’s pool of skilled workers and highly-educated professionals provides the State’s diverse business community with the talent needed to compete at home and abroad.
Delaware has created programs to ensure businesses find employees with the proper expertise:
Workforce Development Center – Helps recruit potential candidates who meet the staffing needs and skill requirements of local businesses. The Center also provides contacts and information on issues that impact employment, including wages, labor laws, demographics, transportation, child care, employee assistance programs, social agencies, unions, local school districts, work opportunities and welfare-to-work tax credits.
Customized Matching Training Grants – Help fund employer training if customized training is required. The type of business, its potential impact on Delaware’s economy, the type of training requested and the availability of other training resources are all factors used to determine the amount of the grant. Businesses select the trainer and maintain total control of the training program.
Delaware Job Retention Initiative – Offers free curriculum materials to Delaware employers to improve their employees’ skills to increase productivity, retention and personal responsibility.
State Technical Colleges – Work closely with industry experts to develop curricula to equip students with the skills needed in Delaware’s STEM-related fields. Businesses in the region have also developed comprehensive internship programs to provide hands-on experience.
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Delaware’s largest employers are companies in advanced industry sectors, reflecting the State’s highly skilled workforce.
The five largest private industry employers are in these fields:
68,700 employees Healthcare/Social
48,200 employees Finance/Insurance
30,000 employees Scientific/Technical
Delaware’s high school graduation rate is 87 percent, the second-highest in the region. Year after year, the State has led the country in terms of graduation rate growth, thanks to investment in education ($15,837 per pupil), which is 27 percent higher than the national average.
The University of Delaware, ranked in the U.S. top 100 colleges by the U.S. News and World Report, draws exceptional students and professors to the area. With seven other colleges and universities in the State, and many esteemed institutions of higher education nearby, there is a large number of highly educated, superior candidates for Delaware employers to choose from.
Delaware welcomes international professionals who seek new opportunities in the U.S. Many highly educated professionals relocate to Delaware from around the world. In fact, Delaware is ranked fourth in the nation for “immigration of knowledge workers” according to the New Economy Index.
In addition, Delaware aims to produce multilingual graduates with an economic advantage in the global marketplace. Through the World Language Immersion Program, the State offers a bilingual learning environment for kindergarten and elementary students across the state, with continued rigorous language instruction through junior high and high school.