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					    CT-NY Talent for Growth
WIRED and Workforce Development
        Transformation

         June 11, 2008

   Presenters: Donnovan Beckford
               Charlie Bruno
               Diana Napier
                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.
                  What is WIRED

U. S. Department of Labor considers WIRED
  a “Force” -- an “Investment”
                     to
 Address the challenges of global
 competition by preparing America’s
 workforce for high-skilled, high-level job
 opportunities.
                  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
                                                     UNSUSTAINABLE!
2.   WORKFORCE SYSTEM NEEDS TO ADAPT
     •   New constituents need workforce services
     •   Immigrants can’t participate without English fluency
     •   Educational Achievement Gap
                      Solution


• Regionalization
• Collaboration
• Social Networking
                         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.
                      Solution

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

• Social Networks
  Breaks down silos
  Working in partnership with strong networks
    will be more competitive in the global
    economy.
        WIRED
CT-NY Talent for Growth

      4 Counties

       3 WIBs

       2 States

      1 Region
               Defining the Region

 labor market (commuting/ recruiting)
 common industries
 common challenges




       Goal = Enhance Regional Competitiveness
            Seed money = $5 million WIRED
                            Similarities
                     Southwestern CT   Westchester-Putnam NY
Demographics
  Population (’07 est.)    768,037           1,050,814
  Workers Commuting In 25%                        33%
  % Foreign Born       19%                        25%
 Workforce System
      Funding             WIA $4.6M        WIA $5.2M
      WIBs                   1                  2
      People Served        22,000            19,000
 Innovation
     Venture Capital     $2 billion              $2 billion
     Internet Specific VC 33%                     29%
             Key Challenges
                   Shortage of Skilled Workers
                   Dual Economy
             Benefits of Economic Linkage

                                  Westchester/      Total
                     SW-CT         Putnam-NY       Region

Financial Services

  Information
  Technology
   Biomedical
 Advanced Mfg.
  Health Care
  Hospitality &
     Retail

       Focus on talent needs of high-growth industries
       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
                        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.
                       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 region’s 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.
               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.
              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.
                 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.
                       Planned Initiatives

Talent Development                              Infrastructure for a stronger
   Educational Preparation                         workforce development
   –   Career Fairs                                system
   –   Expand School-to-Career Programs            – Regional Workforce Investment
   –   STEM initiatives to address Science,          Board collaborative
       Technology, Engineering and Math skill
       development                                 – Regional Workforce Plan with
                                                     asset map and gap analysis
   Adult and Youth Training Programs               – Pipeline of skilled workers to
   –   Basic Skills                                  support talent needs of core and
   –   Apprenticeships                               innovative-intensive industries
   –   Career Academies                            – Initiatives for improving the
   Entrepreneurship training and                     current Information and
      support programs                               Communications Infrastructure

Innovation                                      Regional Data Portal         providing
                                                  timely and accurate information on
  An established system for developing and        industry, career opportunities,
  sustaining a culture of innovation and
  entrepreneurship                                workforce gaps, entrepreneurship
                                                  support and economic development

               Network of leaders build relationships, create
               platform for collaboration (workforce +++)
            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
                    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
                  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
                            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
                   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
           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
                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
                        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
                     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
                      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.
                 Talent for Growth
                 Organization Chart

                                Operations
Funding    WorkPlace Board of
                                                                                  WIB Organization
                                            WIRED Leadership
US DOL         Directors                                                           SW Connecticut
                                             Advisory Group
                                                                                   Putnam County
                                                                                  Westchester County
                                                                                       Yonkers

CT DOL
          WorkPlace Executive               WIRED Steering Committee
              Committee




          The WorkPlace, Inc.
                                 Subcommittee     Subcommittee     Subcommittee
            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
     To be completed within 3 years:

Innovative community based programs to support
   talent development.

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 social network of business, economic development,
   workforce, and education partners working together
   to provide an ongoing supply of skilled workers.
                        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 www.workforce3one and other resources
•   Emphasize collaboration, innovation, transformation
•   Commitment to continuous improvement
•   Stakeholders and elected officials support
•   Become leader
•   Document and share outcomes
          Questions & Comments

Donnovan Beckford- dpb1@westchestergov.com
    Charlie Bruno- cbrunowib@yahoo.com
    Diana Napier- dnapier@workplace.org

				
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