The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has long advocated for the passage of federal legislation that supports our workforce development initiatives. This year, we made it a priority to support the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Many local manufacturing plants and employers are facing a similar challenge – they will see a significant number of retirements over the next several years.
Invest Buffalo Niagara has unveiled the much anticipated Buffalo Niagara Labor Market Assessment. The assessment examines six target industries: Advanced Business Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Cleantech, Life Sciences, Logistics, and Tourism. The objective of the report is to illustrate where our regional labor market currently stands and where we are headed over the next several years. The data included in the report is an opportunity for us to set priorities, make informed decisions, and build collaboratives to improve and strengthen our workforce development system. The Partnership is supporting ways to address this through providing support for the Regional Workforce Development Coalition and meeting the workforce needs of local employers, including manufacturers.
There may be only about 100 days left in President Obama’s term, but his Administration is not slowing down. They are aggressively implementing a new series of regulations that will affect our nation’s businesses and, unfortunately for our economy, American manufacturers are taking the brunt of the burden.
If you haven’t heard, the Partnership’s signature annual manufacturing event is coming up on Thursday, October 6th! This year’s Manufacturing Month Kickoff will feature Martin Scaglione as the keynote speaker. Martin has over 25 years of manufacturing experience and has now turned his focus to workforce development.
Continuing a strong year of advocacy focused on workforce development.
The Partnership is excited to announce the second installment of our signature manufacturing event, the Manufacturing Month Kickoff! This year’s theme is Building a Better Workforce, and is taking place on Thursday, October 6th, 2016.
The Partnership’s Manufacturers Council had its third meeting of the season late last month as member manufacturers gathered to discuss private sector best practices in several areas of workforce development – recruitment, advancement, and apprenticeships. The main feature of the meeting was a panel discussion with three Council members, offering accounts of successful practices at their companies:
The Buffalo Niagara region is facing a serious challenge as the unfulfilled need for a developed workforce begins to threaten the viability of the region’s economic future. Although job creation efforts are continuous, the struggle to hire qualified candidates to fill open positions remains constant. Investing in and supporting education and workforce development initiatives that adequately prepare workers for a career is necessary in order for our community to build a career ready workforce.
International business woman, Nadja Piatka, to address harnessing the power of the CanAm market as keynote speaker at Unleashing the Power of the Mega-Region event.