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PRIORITY OBJECTIVE 1: CONNECT BUSINESSES WITH QUALIFIED WORKERS 

  • Strategy 1: Support the Employers First Regional Workforce Network in creating a streamlined business services approach to deliver workforce solutions in response to employer needs. This process will consist of: 1) a single contact point for employers, 2) an in-depth assessment of the employer’s need by a business services representative, 3) navigating workforce and education resources available to address the need and developing a proposal package tailored to meet the employer’s need, and 4) continued follow up to navigate and manage the services selected by the employer.

  • Strategy 2: Support Employers First in launching a communications and outreach campaign to raise employer awareness of the “menu? of workforce services.

  • Strategy 3: Support Employers First in developing a strong partnership with economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, industry associations, and other business organizations to coordinate workforce services with business retention and recruitment efforts. 

PRIORITY OBJECTIVE 2: ALIGN EDUCATION WITH EMPLOYER NEEDS THROUGH SECTOR STRATEGIES

  • Strategy 1: Develop and/or support industry partnerships in 5-6 priority industries among employers, school districts, colleges and universities, and community organizations to close skill gaps and develop the full talent supply chain for the industry. These partnerships will work closely with employers to identify the current and future workforce needs of the industry, and improve and coordinate education and training programs to respond to those needs. 

  • Strategy 2: Build career pathways for 5-6 priority industries to prepare the current and future workforce for in-demand careers. Align secondary, post-secondary, and community-based education and training along career pathways to help youth and adults get some form of education or training beyond high school and earn a post-secondary credential aligned to industry needs. Specific pathway components include career awareness and counseling beginning in middle school, work experiences such as internships and co-ops, career-oriented curriculum and contextualized learning, articulation and dual enrollment, and incorporation of industry-recognized credentials. The talent pipeline work will be coordinated with existing partnerships of K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions. 

PRIORITY OBJECTIVE 3: IMPROVE WORK READINESS SERVICES TO HELP INDIVIDUALS OBTAIN AND RETAIN GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT 

  • Strategy 1: Convene a Work Readiness Collaborative (WRC) of service providers to improve and coordinate work readiness and placement efforts for disadvantaged jobseekers. The WRC will focus on aligning around core work readiness competencies and incorporating common training components and certifications to ensure that regardless of what program an individual has participated in, the completion of the program would provide an assurance of attainment of foundational employability skills. The WRC will serve as an umbrella collaborative focused on coordinating and aligning the work of sub-groups focused on specific populations.  

SUPPORTING OBJECTIVE 1: COLLECT AND ANALYZE DATA ON CURRENT NEEDS AND FUTURE WORKFORCE TRENDS  

  • Strategy 1: Create a Regional Workforce Dashboard to analyze and report key outcomes across multiple workforce service providers to understand regional performance and identify gaps in service delivery.

  • Strategy 2: Collect, analyze, and disseminate labor market data on workforce trends, gaps, and needs in the region. 

SUPPORTING OBJECTIVE 2: CREATE AND IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNICATIONS PLAN AROUND WORKFORCE EFFORTS

  • Strategy 1: Develop a comprehensive communications plan that identifies key messages, target audiences, multiple communications channels, and activities to build community will. Messaging and communications will emphasize employer needs, industry trends, skill shortages, and resources available for employers, jobseekers and students.  

  • Strategy 2: Create a web portal that aggregates regional labor market information from multiple sources on occupation and industry trends and skill requirements, and matches labor market data with education and training programs available in the region. The web portal will be an information clearinghouse for employers, jobseekers, students, career-changers, education and training providers, economic developers, and workforce professionals. 

SUPPORTING OBJECTIVE 3: ALIGN FUNDING AND POLICY TO SUPPORT IMPROVEMENTS ALONG THE TALENT SUPPLY CHAIN

  • Strategy 1: Develop work plan for raising and aligning public and private funds to address critical gaps in workforce services, pilot innovations, and scale-up evidence-based programs. Coordinate regional proposals for major foundation and state and federal government grants. Secure sustainable multi-year funding support for core operations of PCW priorities.

  • Strategy 2: Develop work plan for coordinating workforce policy efforts to advance institutional and public policy changes to address gaps in services, reduce barriers, and support system alignment.