The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s workforce development efforts are being recognized by the United States Chamber of Commerce. Laura Smith, Vice President of Economic Development for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, will be participating in the U.S. Chamber’s Talent Pipeline Management Academy. She is only one of 24 men and women chosen from 13 states to take part in this program.
The Talent Pipeline Management program is designed to develop and certify talent supply chain skills and practices in communities that are ready and willing to take action in closing the skills gap.’ The program is funded by a $2.5 million grant from USA Funds.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to take our workforce efforts to the next level,” said Laura Smith. “The Talent Pipeline Management System allows us to connect businesses with our community partners, creating a more efficient workforce delivery system. We are looking forward to building a workforce system that promotes upward mobility and builds a stronger economy.”
“In today’s rapidly changing economy, employer leadership in education and workforce training is vital,” said Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce. “The business community simply can’t rely on an outdated education system to prepare students for the jobs of the 21st century. To close the skills gap, business must lead. This is why we developed the TPM Academy—to give business leaders the practical training, tools, and resources necessary so they can take what they’ve learned and implement it in their local communities.”
Here at home, closing the skills gap and training the next generation to fill over 130,000 expected retirements over the next ten years will be a challenge. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is looking into new and innovative methods of address the workforce needs in our community. Click here to learn more about the Talent Management Program.