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1 CT-NY Talent for Growth WIRED and Workforce Development Transformation June 11, 2008 Presenters: Donnovan Beckford Charlie Bruno Diana Napier

2 What is WIRED? Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor to address the challenges of global competition. $325 million committed to 39 regions across the nation.

3 What is WIRED U. S. Department of Labor considers WIRED a Force -- an Investment to Address the challenges of global competition by preparing Americas workforce for high-skilled, high-level job opportunities.

4 Making The Case for WIRED 1.MISMATCH BETWEEN DEMAND AND SUPPLY Knowledge economy requires more education and skills Low unemployment means tapping new populations Boomers due to exit in large numbers in next few years Overall and ongoing skilled worker shortage Lack of STEM foundation WORKFORCE SYSTEM NEEDS TO ADAPT 2. WORKFORCE SYSTEM NEEDS TO ADAPT New constituents need workforce services Immigrants cant participate without English fluency Educational Achievement Gap UNSUSTAINABLE!

5 Solution Regionalization Collaboration Social Networking

6 Solution Regionalization A regional effort that includes surrounding communities that share common characteristics, looking beyond traditional political boundaries. Where companies, workers, researchers, entrepreneurs and governments join together to create a local competitive advantage.

7 Solution Collaboration Business, education, economic development, workforce development, government and other community organizations and leaders to develop innovative, transformational changes in the workforce system

8 Solution Social Networks Breaks down silos Working in partnership with strong networks will be more competitive in the global economy.

9 WIRED CT-NY Talent for Growth 4 Counties 3 WIBs 2 States 1 Region

10 Defining the Region labor market (commuting/ recruiting) common industries common challenges Goal = Enhance Regional Competitiveness Seed money = $5 million WIRED

11 Southwestern CTWestchester-Putnam NY 768,0371,050,814 WIA $4.6MWIA $5.2M Workforce System Population (07 est.) % Foreign Born19% 25% Workers Commuting In 25% 33% Funding WIBs1 2 People Served22,000 19,000 Demographics Innovation Venture Capital Internet Specific VC $2 billion 33%29% Key Challenges Shortage of Skilled Workers Dual Economy Shortage of Skilled Workers Dual Economy Similarities

12 Benefits of Economic Linkage SW-CT Westchester/ Putnam-NY Total Region Financial Services Information Technology Biomedical Advanced Mfg. Health Care Hospitality & Retail Larger Portfolio of Companies Larger Talent Pool Focused Pipeline Development Focus on talent needs of high-growth industries

13 High Growth Industries in Region and Required Skills Core Skills Large, well-established Need an immediate and ongoing pipeline of workers to survive & compete –Advanced Manufacturing –Hospitality & Retail –Health Care Innovation-Intensive Skills Focus on higher-level, more specialized occupations where both technical & creative skills are needed Require long-term talent development –Financial Services –Information Technology –Biomedical

14 Creating a Plan Planning Phase completed by a 70-member Leadership Group Sponsors Joe Carbone, The WorkPlace, Inc. Joseph Hankin, Westchester Community College Co-chairs Chris Bruhl, The Business Council of Fairfield County Marsha Gordon, The Business Council of Westchester William Mooney, Westchester County Association A balanced group of leaders in their field representing business and business organizations, education, workforce development, economic development, and community organizations.

15 Goals and Key Strategies Goal 1: Create an integrated, regionally-based talent development system linking education, workforce and economic development system partners in a seamless collaboration with regional employers. –Enhance the regions workforce service delivery systems with coordinated decision making, and programming. –Provide information on projected workforce gaps in high growth industries. –Create awareness of the WIRED Talent for Growth CT-NY initiative throughout the region. –Increase business participation and support of education and training initiatives for careers in high growth industries. –Build a regional value proposition for the continued generation of resources that support innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation, and retention. –Position the Talent for Growth CT-NY initiative for sustainability after the grant period.

16 Goals and Key Strategies (cont.) Goal 2: Prepare a pipeline of skilled workers to support both core and innovation-intensive industry sectors targeted by the region. –Collaborate with Education Systems on efforts to prepare students for careers in both core and innovation intensive industries. –Create skills training programs in targeted industries for unemployed, incumbent, at risk, disadvantaged, and youth and adults.

17 Goals and Key Strategies (cont.) Goal 3: Connect to and leverage existing infrastructure initiatives to enhance regional productivity, increasing mobility and connectivity for workers and employers throughout the region. –Create a positive impact on regional mobility. –Seek and identify ways to enhance employer use of transportation demand management as a means of improving mobility and workforce productivity. –Quantify and understand our current Information and Communications Technology Infrastructure.

18 Goals and Key Strategies (cont.) Goal 4: Develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout our partnership and our broader Region. –Identify and support the development of critical skills that will allow both business and individuals in the region to be increasingly innovative, especially in the targeted innovation intensive industries of Financial Services, IT and Biomedical. –Create a system that supports entrepreneurial activity and small business growth. –Develop programs to engage in-school and out-of-school youth, in innovation and entrepreneurship. –Develop processes to support innovation in the local economy. –Support the strengthening of technology transfer and commercialization in the region. –Coordinate regional technology councils initiatives to align strategically with the region on opportunities for economic growth.

19 Talent Development Educational Preparation –Career Fairs –Expand School-to-Career Programs –STEM initiatives to address Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skill development Adult and Youth Training Programs –Basic Skills –Apprenticeships –Career Academies Entrepreneurship training and support programs Innovation An established system for developing and sustaining a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship Infrastructure for a stronger workforce development system –Regional Workforce Investment Board collaborative –Regional Workforce Plan with asset map and gap analysis –Pipeline of skilled workers to support talent needs of core and innovative-intensive industries –Initiatives for improving the current Information and Communications Infrastructure Regional Data Portal providing timely and accurate information on industry, career opportunities, workforce gaps, entrepreneurship support and economic development Planned Initiatives Network of leaders build relationships, create platform for collaboration (workforce +++)

20 Youth Project Combining proven programs/strategies Building on CareerConnections-CT Utilizing NY CareerZone Collaborate with regional K-16 entities Adding e-mentoring, financial literacy, IDAs, internet tools, credentials Bridgeport/Yonkers initiative

21 Implementation Plan Focused On: Lack of skilled workforce to replace retiring workers Skill development needs of a large immigrant, minority and underemployed population Create a culture for innovation and provide opportunity for higher-skilled workers Breakdown the silos of business, education, and economic development – create an environment for these three institutions to work together and address common issues

22 Progress To Date Implementation Plan Approved by U. S. DOL Governance Structure defined and activated Communications Plan created and implemented Regional WIB Collaborative established Training and Regional Work Plan proposals being reviewed

23 Worth Noting Endorsements –U. S. Senators Christopher J. Dodd and Joseph I. Lieberman –U. S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles E. Schumer –Westchester County Executive Andrew J. Spano On-line data tools for workforce & economic analysis –WITS, Innovation Economy 360, EMSI JPMorgan Chase Foundation Grant –$100K for regional School-to-Career program Disability Services Research Grant –$400K for regional assessment of needs & resources

24 Spreading the Word 5 Town Hall Meetings –3 in Connecticut, 2 in New York –Informed community –Attended by more than 100 people 2 Collaboration Workshops for Providers –Assist potential training program bidders to establish collaborative –Attended by more than 150 people

25 Building a Network 800 individuals on distribution list. Business Council of Westchester, Westchester County Association, and Business Council of Fairfield County are distributing information to their lists and covering initiative in their publications E-Newsletters to stakeholders

26 Governance Objectives Fiscal Management Broad involvement and support by regional partners Collaboration between the three Workforce Investment Boards Continued cultivation of a dynamic social network of regional leaders

27 Governance (cont.) The WorkPlace Inc., Board of Directors Fiscal agent Administration and Reporting- Quarterly to U.S.DOL Approve funding Talent for Growth Steering Committee Subcommittee of The WorkPlace, Inc. Board of Directors Oversee transformational vision Review and recommend projects for funding Ensure activities are aligned with the Implementation Plan Recommend project initiatives

28 Governance (cont.) Leadership Advisory Council Foundation for action through social networking Provide supply-side resources including serving on working committees critical to carrying out the Plan goals and strategies Identify opportunities for leveraging project resources and retaining assets from the broader community. Recommend WIRED/T4G program opportunities to the Steering Committee Provide transformational vision Promote regional collaboration through leadership and advocacy

29 Governance (cont.) Regional WIB Collaborative Made up of the 3 regional Workforce Investment Boards- Southwestern CT, Westchester/Putnam County and the City of Yonkers. Operate under a common platform for services Coordinate regional workforce research and studies Share industry and occupational projections Share best practices Develop responses to workforce gaps in the targeted industry clusters. Provide support Apply for grants to support initiatives.

30 US DOL CT DOL WorkPlace Board of Directors WIRED Leadership Advisory Group WIRED Steering Committee WIB Organization SW Connecticut Putnam County Westchester County Yonkers Subcommittee WorkPlace Executive Committee Talent for Growth Organization Chart The WorkPlace, Inc. Operations Funding

31 Next Steps - Timeline June 2008 Up to $900,000 in training grants to be awarded Contract for Regional Work Plan to be awarded July 2008 Training Begins Working Committees Meet September 2008 Next training RFP released Fall 2008 Youth Summit to be held/Youth programs to begin School-to-Career program begins Regional Business Summit to be held Additional training grants to be awarded

32 To be completed within 3 years: Innovative community based programs to support talent development. Innovative community based programs to support talent development. Educational institutions and businesses working together to build programs to meet employment needs. Educational institutions and businesses working together to build programs to meet employment needs. A regional WIB organization to address the needs of job seekers and businesses. A regional WIB organization to address the needs of job seekers and businesses. A social network of business, economic development, workforce, and education partners working together to provide an ongoing supply of skilled workers. A social network of business, economic development, workforce, and education partners working together to provide an ongoing supply of skilled workers.

33 Keys To Success Research-based, knowledge of other programs Build on the best of the best and build to last Design with participants and partners Internet and technology focus Use of and other resources Emphasize collaboration, innovation, transformation Commitment to continuous improvement Stakeholders and elected officials support Become leader Document and share outcomes

34 Questions & Comments Donnovan Beckford- Charlie Bruno- Diana Napier-


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