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TEPS The Training and Education Planning System (TEPS) is a tool designed to aid the analysis and discussion of the demand and supply of talent in Connecticut’s workforce. It is intended to help identify where there may be skill shortages or surpluses in the labor market, and thereby guide investments in education and training programs by program planners and administrators, as well as by individuals considering career options.

The TEPS is intended primarily for educational administrators and workforce development training providers who are considering whether or not to develop a new program, expand or contract an existing one, or drop an existing program entirely, by showing where there may be a need for trained workers. It can also be used by employment counselors and career counselors in schools for identifying and recommending enrollment in programs that may offer greater opportunities for employment. A better understanding of workforce supply and demand can also be helpful to employers and human resource managers as they assess the education levels of their potential applicant pools. State planners and policy makers can use this data to better integrate workforce development and economic development initiatives by identifying the types of training available and coordinating this training with future economic development goals.

Analysis of supply and demand information is as much of an art as it is a science. Many factors must be considered beyond the numbers of graduates and annual job openings that the TEPS makes available. The TEPS includes data from many sources, including the Department of Labor, Office of Higher Education, and State Department of Education. While these may be the best data available, the TEPS only displays data for a particular period of time and cannot account for all the factors that may influence labor supply and demand in an occupational field. The TEPS data are a starting point, and users will need to use their own knowledge and experience, as well as input from advisory groups and other knowledgeable individuals, to supplement the data available in this system. To help inform this process, users are encouraged to refer to the Comments & Cautions for things to consider when assessing supply in a particular area.

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