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PCW CASE STUDIES
From time to time, Case Studies that more fully explaining the work we do at Partners for a Competitive Workforce, or about workforce issues are published. These studies can be used to help news organizations, local employers and the general public to get a better understanding of PCW.
Collective Impact Case Study: PCW
Partners for a Competitive Workforce (PCW) supports a collective impact initiative that marries workforce development with employer demand – accelerating the ability of each to solve their own challenges and those of the region. Read more on this Case Study by FSG.ORG.
BARRIERS? WHAT BARRIERS?
Insights from Solving Problems
through Cross-Sector Partnerships 
While there have been a number of case studies about cross-sector partnerships working on specific issues and there is an emerging body of work on collective impact, an approach that has cross-sector partnerships at its core, there has not been extensive inquiry—drawing from work across issues—into the structure and behaviors of effective cross-sector partnerships. Until now. For more on this Case Study from LIVING CITIES, click here.
Linking Workers to Job Opportunities 
in the Greater Cincinnati Area
Through the 2000s, the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana tri-state area faced a shortage of workers equipped with the skills to match the labor demands of Greater Cincinnati area employers. Unemployment in the region was at 8.6 percent, and 50 percent of the workforce lacked the necessary post-secondary education and training to meet the skills needed by regional employers. This included a mix of hard and soft skills in key industries including advanced manufacturing, information technology, construction, and health care. In response to this challenge, over 150 organizations from the business, community, non-profit, and public sectors united to create the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network, now Partners for A Competitive Workforce (PCW), in 2008. This cross-sector collaboration provides resources to identify employer needs and connect workers to educational programs that help them develop the relevant skills, and facilitate worker readiness – ultimately linking job-seekers with entry-level employment in target industries. Incumbent workers also receive training that allows them to advance in their careers. Under the leadership of Executive Director Janice Urbanik, Partners for a Competitive Workforce is leading the effort to meet the communities’ Bold Goal for Income which is that 90 percent of the labor force has gainful employment by 2020. To learn more about this Intersector Case Study, click here.
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The Greater Cincinnati area faced a shortage of workers equipped with the skills to match the labor demands of employers. In response to this gap, organizations from the community, non-profit, business, and public sectors created Partners for A Competitive Workforce in 2008. This collaboration provides organizational support to identify employer needs, connect workers to educational programs that help them develop the necessary skills, and facilitate worker readiness. For more on this Case Study from The Intersector Project, click here.
PCW Provides Support 
to Identify Employer Needs
Can a cooperative regional approach
help to resolve the skills gap?
Civic Caucus interviews Janice Urbanik, executive director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce, about a tri-state cooperative effort to resolve a persistent skills gap that has hampered economic growth in the Greater Cincinnati area. Read more.
In Northern Kentucky, manufacturing jobs are in high demand and manufacturers face a major skills gap in the competencies and qualifications of the local labor pool. An aging workforce and a non-existent talent pipeline only magnify the problem. In addition, there is also a poor representation of women in this field, despite high poverty rates and the potential to earn self-sufficient wages. To read more, click on the PDF file on the right.

Raising the Floor for women in Manufacturing
The Manufacturing Institute developed a return on investment calculator that could be used to quantify the business impact of partnering with an educational institution on manufacturers when used opposed to traditional sourcing options. The calculator identifies current costs incurred by manufacturers in hiring and training new job seekers and compares the current process to costs associated with the implementation of an alternative method. To read more, click here.
Case Study: Manufacturing Institute Develops Investment Calculator
ETA Competency Models Inform United Way Partnership’s Initiatives 
to Address Employer Workforce Needs
PCW was cited as an exemplary regional partnership in Vice President Biden’s report “Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity.” As part of this initiative, PCW has developed industry competency models derived from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) Commercial and Industrial Construction and Advanced Manufacturing Competency Models to support its Work Readiness Collaborative to help targeted individuals, such as ex-offenders and welfare recipients, get started on a career pathway. See the Case Study here.