Working In Regions
Local Workforce Boards promote business growth and economic opportunity in America by expediting talent matching and providing access to training programs that address skill gaps. One way local boards accomplish this is through the building of regional ecosystems.
From Monday, April 25, 2016 to Friday, April 29, workforce boards across the country will be sharing via blogs, websites, press releases, and social media posts their work in the formation and strengthening of regional ecosystems.
These boards will be looking to accentuate these key points about their work:
- Through strategic partnerships with industry, education, community organizations, and labor, business-led workforce boards lead a system that is nimble, flexible, and adaptable, generating economic opportunity for businesses and job seekers in our communities.
- Workforce Development is an economic program that, in the process of helping businesses grow, can affect the greater welfare of society.
- Business-led local workforce boards lead the system through strategic partnerships with industry, education, community organizations, and labor, resulting in greater effectiveness and efficiency in serving businesses and job seekers in our communities.
Examples of Regional Ecosystems
One type of regional ecosystem contains the businesses that comprise an industry, and does not only focus on training workers for the jobs that pertain solely to that industry, but to jobs that exist in that industry and others. Businesses are included in this type of regional ecosystem that thrive based on the strength of the core industry, but are not specifically housed under that industry’s umbrella. For example, there may be a Regional Ecosystem for Auto Manufacturing… but the retail establishments that sell car parts, the transportation industry that ship the cars to and from sales locations, and other industries would be contained in the ecosystem, as they have a vested interest in the strength of the core industry.
Another type of regional ecosystem consists of myriad training entities, brought together to a table to coordinate their training offerings to ensure that they are demand-driven, and are not oversaturating the market with certain types of trainings.
Any time that a region of partners comes together to not only solve specific problems in the region, but constitutes a group that meets regularly to answer new challenges, that is a regional ecosystem.
Workforce Boards in April will share their stories of how they formed, how they serve, or how they are currently in the process of building regional ecosystems. Businesses and jobseekers don’t see jurisdictional lines, and neither do workforce boards. We work together to strengthen businesses, and in the process affect deeper societal issues.
- Workforce Development Council – Conference of Mayors
- California Workforce Association
The assessment will be finalized and presented to the Workforce Development Council of the Conference of Mayors at their Annual Meeting in Indianapolis in June.
Please stay tuned here to see the final report.