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1 Preparing Young People for the Workforce Shawn Avery Vice President Peninsula Council for Workforce Development

2 Overview Workforce Development and PCFWD Workforce Challenges and the needs of the region and business community Programs to develop the emerging workforce

3 Workforce Development What is it? Understanding both economic trends and the needs of the business community to create a talented, skilled workforce

4 Workforce Development Why is it important? Without a skilled workforce, businesses cannot be profitable and grow Our citizens and emerging workforce wont have jobs When businesses dont prosper, we lose the tax base which contributes to our quality of life in our region

5 Peninsula Council Who are we? Public and private sector community leaders dedicated to workforce issues and solutions We invest in workforce training and education Results of our initiatives ensure that a pipeline of workforce talent is developed

6 Peninsula Council Connecting peoples talent to workplace needs Our Mission To provide human capital solutions through creative funding strategies and partnerships that keeps our region globally competitive and economically strong Our Vision All Greater Peninsula businesses have access to world class workforce talent

7 Who do we serve? Businesses, especially high growth sectors Construction Health Care Manufacturing Hospitality Finance Job Seekers Youth Partners in Economic Development & Education

8 Key Workforce Challenges Retirement of boomers Skills shortage Retention Changing generations - cultural and age differences Learning disconnects High school drop out rates Drug issues ALL IMPACTING THE EMERGING WORKFORCE!!!

9 Labor Market

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13 Skills Challenges Employers expect young people to arrive with a core set of basic knowledge and the ability to apply their skills in the workplace, yet the reality is not matching the expectation.

14 Skills Challenges Employers expect young people to arrive with a core set of basic knowledge and the ability to apply their skills in the workplace, yet the reality is not matching the expectation.

15 Skills Challenges Employers expect young people to arrive with a core set of basic knowledge and the ability to apply their skills in the workplace, yet the reality is not matching the expectation.

16 Skills Challenges Employers expect young people to arrive with a core set of basic knowledge and the ability to apply their skills in the workplace, yet the reality is not matching the expectation.

17 Skills Challenges Employers expect young people to arrive with a core set of basic knowledge and the ability to apply their skills in the workplace, yet the reality is not matching the expectation.

18 The Solutions Working with your local workforce development system, educational institutions, school divisions helps: businesses by saving time, money and energy in finding and retaining a highly skilled workforce job seekers by connecting them with local employers our communitys economic growth by preparing our workforce

19 Creating Solutions Developing programs to meet the industry needs... …and develop the Emerging Workforce

20 Programs to meet the Need Financial Services Academy Career Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing Summer Camp Series Career and Workplace Readiness Video Contest Youth Career Expo Youth Career Cafe

21 Financial Services Academy A unique program developed in partnership with our Financial Services partners (Langley Federal Credit Union, SunTrust, BB&T, 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union, BayPort Credit Union, Old Point National Bank, and Virginia Educators Credit Union) and Newport News Public Schools. At the completion of the program, the Human Resource professionals conduct interviews with the students for summer internships within their banks and credit unions.

22 Financial Services Academy Over the 6-week program, banks, credit union, and Youth Career Café personnel spend over 10 hours in the classroom teaching the participants such topics as: Money & Banking Customer Service Written/Oral Communications Financial Service Sales Financial Service Ethics & Laws Interviewing Skills.

23 Career Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing Partners are developing an integrated and coordinated Career Pathway System for high school students and adults at all levels, through a grant from VCCS and the Ford Foundation,. Partners include businesses, post- secondary education, adult education, and secondary education (both school divisions and New Horizons Regional Education Center).

24 Career Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing 5 Peninsula manufacturers expanding 20,000 jobs expected 80% of hires are under-qualified Lack one or more skills Applied Math Literacy Technical Skills Workskills

25 Summer Camp Series Gaming Technology and Modeling and Simulation Camp Hard Hat Camp 2011

26 Summer Camp Series E.C.H.O. – Exploring Careers & Healthcare Opportunities Advanced Manufacturing Technology Camp Career Exploration Camp

27 Career Video Contest Goal of the Contest - To develop a video, from a student's perspective for students, that would increase awareness and educate young people on the workplace readiness skills employers are seeking when hiring for high demand careers (healthcare, hospitality, construction, or advanced technologies/manufacturing) on the Greater Peninsula. Sponsored by ECPI College of Technology and the Peninsula Council

28 Youth Career Expo 2011 March 15, 2011 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hampton Roads Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666 Expo Highlights Youth ages 17 - 21 180 vendors from public, private and governmental sectors Success Workshops Interview Training & Role Playing Employment & Internship Opportunities Workplace Readiness Skills Much, much more!

29 Youth Career Cafe The Youth Career Café is a place where youth ages 14-21 can prepare for the real world, learn to navigate the business world, and make school relevant.

30 Youth Career Cafe Employers, educators, community based organizations and government representatives saw the need to address the projected shortage in the workforce and the lack of workplace readiness skills. The Peninsula Council for Workforce Development in collaboration with numerous partners developed a business education resource for youth named, Youth Career Café.

31 Youth Career Cafe Youth ages 14-21 have access to resources that help them gain a real world perspective on life after high school Offering web-based workplace readiness seminars and life skills planning tools Offering weekly seminars on success skills and career cluster workshops Offering career counseling, testing to determine employment job skills, tutoring and training services

32 Youth Career Café What we provide – Career Assessment Job Search Assistance Financial Aid/Scholarship Research Assistance Career Cluster Workshops Resume Writing Clinics Tutoring

33 Resources Available www.pcfwd.org www.pcfwd.org Click on Workforce Initiatives or Youth Career Cafe

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36 Contact Us Peninsula Council for Workforce Development 11820 Fountain Way, Suite 301 Newport News, Virginia 23606 Phone: 757.826.3327 Fax: 757.826.6706 www.PCFWD.org www.PCFWD.org Shawn Avery Vice President savery@pcfwd.org


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