Free Returnships Toolkit

Posted by Administrator on February 13, 2024

With support from an Age Friendly Minnesota grant, NORTHFORCE has developed a Returnships Toolkit as a free resource to help employers widen applicant pools, follow fair hiring practices, and reduce ageism in the workplace.  The toolkit contains information on returnships and agism along with tips and best practices for starting and running a successful returnship […]

Minnesota North College: 4 Career Fairs, 4 Campuses, Spring 2024

Posted by Administrator on February 13, 2024

Employers can register for free to connect with candidates at a series of career fairs taking place at Minnesota North College campuses this spring: For more information, contact Northspan Consultant & NORTHFORCE Program Manager Ali Bilden Camps at (218) 481-7737 or We hope to see you on the Iron Range this April!

Explore the Northland Energy, Utilities, and Natural Resources Sector

Posted by Administrator on September 24, 2023

Between mining, forest products, public utilities, and other niches, this region’s economy has historically been closely linked to the environment. Today, individuals in these fields are leading the way for the responsible use of resources of the present, as well as research for the future. Want to be part of it? Read on for more […]

Job Listing Missteps More Dire With Workforce Shortage

Posted by Administrator on July 19, 2023

Have we reached a historic tipping point? For centuries, employees have been easier to find than jobs. But mounting data suggests the labor shortages we’ve seen recently aren’t going away anytime soon. According to a June 2023 report from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, job vacancies are high, while unemployment rates have been trending […]

Explore Ely MN Jobs and Careers

Posted by Administrator on July 14, 2023

Pictured Above: A trail near Kawishiwi Falls. Is Ely the most mysterious city in the Northland? It’s definitely one of the most magnetic. Despite its remote location in the northernmost reaches of the state (just 16 miles south of the Canada border), Ely’s reputation as a haven for outdoors enthusiasts draws explorers and many others […]

Discover Healthcare: Next Career Exploration Event Set for November

Posted by Administrator on July 13, 2023

Pictured Above: A Life Link helicopter team attended Discover Healthcare at The College of St. Scholastica in October 2022. Following the success of two community-coordinated and business-led events in October 2022 and April 2023, a third Discover Healthcare event is in planning for November 2023.   Over 100 students from regional high schools attended the Discover […]

Connect with Caitlin Vander Wal

Posted by Administrator on July 13, 2023

Operations Specialist Caitlin Vander Wal joined the NORTHFORCE team in February 2023 and handles day-to-day administrative support for Here’s a quick Q&A with Caitlin: 1.      What’s a highlight from your work with NORTHFORCE so far? One of my recent highlights was the strategic directions workshops the advisory committee completed recently. It was a lovely […]

Featured Employer: LP Building Solutions in Two Harbors

Posted by Administrator on July 11, 2023

Did you know that LP Building Solutions is a global company headquartered in Nashville, employs approximately 4,800 people, and operates 25 facilities—including one in Two Harbors, Minnesota? LP is a wood product manufacturing company that utilizes aspen and creates a wide range of engineered wood products such as OSB, SmartSide, and trim. Since 2010, LP […]

Featured Employer: Heliene in Mountain Iron, Minnesota

Posted by Administrator on April 17, 2023

Based in Mountain Iron, Heliene specializes in producing high-quality solar PV modules. The company offers competitive salaries plus comprehensive benefits, and is looking for talented and motivated people to help shape the solar industry. Heliene at a glance: From Heliene job descriptions: “Heliene has taken the challenge to help the world reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, by […]

Local Data Reveals Many Mismatches Within Region’s Labor Market

Posted by Administrator on April 8, 2023

This article originally appeared in the April 7, 2023 issue of the Duluth News Tribune. You can view it here. A review of recent trends in data reaffirms the many mismatches that currently define our regional labor market, including ongoing workforce shortages across sectors. For a start, the pool of candidates actively seeking work is predominantly […]

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