How YAVAPAI@WORK Is Supporting Our Local Manufacturing Sector

March 1, 2019

The Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) and the Yavapai County Local Workforce Development Board are dedicated to growing our local economy through their strategic programs. Together, they have identified the following strategic sectors for our community: Manufacturing, healthcare, tourism, and construction. Today, let’s talk about manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Sector in Yavapai County

While manufacturing is one of Yavapai County’s primary industrial sectors, it’s been facing quite a few challenges lately.

For example, two surveys conducted in 2015 and 2018 determined that our local manufacturers are struggling to attract and retain skilled workers. Some of the most common complaints are poor employee attendance, lack of math skills, and inability to solve problems.

With 3,737 employees who earn an average annual wage of $46,020, the local manufacturing sector needs professionals with knowledge on preventive maintenance, electrical systems, and quality control, among other technical skills. However, employers are also looking for soft skills like communication, professionalism, and critical thinking—and YAVAPAI@WORK can help with those.  


Yavapai County Local Workforce Development Board and NACOG are continually working together to support the manufacturing sector and provide assistance for job seekers, employees, and companies.

Here are a few of the services we offer:

  • Onsite orientation
  • Resume and interviewing workshops
  • Personal financing/budgeting workshops
  • Job search skills workshops
  • Career and job fairs
  • Access to open job postings
  • Wage subsidies for job placement

One of our primary goals is to improve our local economy and quality of life by helping people find stable employment. Additionally, we team up with manufacturers to help them tackle some of their workforce problems.

Our initiatives can benefit both employees and employers from emerging industries in Yavapai County. At YAVAPAI@WORK, we have a team dedicated to boosting our local economy through workforce development partnerships. If you’re looking for more information about our services, feel free to contact us online or by calling us at (928) 778-1422.

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