There are many ways to increase the local workforce in a given area. There are career training options for those in need and education options, too. There are career academies, technical colleges, internships, apprenticeships… the list is long.
One of the more dynamic ways of addressing the need for a talented, local workforce is to engage directly with the industries that make up that area. This is exactly what the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) is doing, specifically with the creation of HDCI Sector Partnerships.
Sector partnerships are a key strategy for moving and sustaining the goals of HDCI. They are a proven approach to aligning the training and education programs in a region with the employee skills and competencies needed by employers in a given sector. Sector partnerships emphasize employer engagement and encourage employers themselves to lead, direct, and champion the work.
One way to encourage communities to create these partnerships is the creation of the HDCI Sector Partnership Grants.
HDCI awards grants to regions that meet certain criteria, with the goal of creating region sector partnerships, which bring together multiple employers within an industry to collaborate with schools, colleges, labor, workforce agencies, community organizations, and other community stakeholders to align training with the skills needed for that industry to grow and compete.
Basically these partnerships get all of the key stakeholders into the room in an effort to come up with the most effective ways to tackle workforce and education needs.