For several years, the workforce boards in the Western Region, Buffalo/Erie, Cattaraugus-Allegany, Chautauqua, and Niagara counties have worked collaboratively to align their workforce strategies through regional planning.
In 2017, the Buffalo/Erie workforce development area was awarded $50,000 by the New York State Department of Labor to work collaboratively with other workforce boards in the Western Region to develop a template for career pathways in priority industry sectors. The overachieving intent of this regional partnership is to:
- Leverage and align resources quickly and effectively to respond to the hiring needs and businesses according to regional business demand.
- Develop strategic industry sector partnerships that can quickly assess the skills gaps in the workforce, develop appropriate training programs, and increase the supply of skilled workers for targeted sectors.
- Inform training and educational partners of the opportunities for target programs in elementary or secondary education, as well as vocational training and post-secondary education.
- Identify career pathways and stackable industry-recognized credentials for occupations advancement leading to self-sustaining wages.
- Upgrade the skill set and credentials of incumbent workers for career advancement and backfill entry-level opportunities with trained workers.
A program report of our activities through June 30, 2018 can be found here:
Western New York Regional Sector Partnership Workbook