A Sharper Focus

As the initiative is launched, Employ Buffalo Niagara is focused on four areas in which we will utilize the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) process.

  1. Advancing incumbent and underemployed workers to higher skilled employment opportunities
  • Over the next ten years there will be an anticipated 137,000 retirements across all industries.
  • Manufacturing will be among the hardest hit industries with over 8,000 retirements.
  • Add in anticipated growth and the total number of vacancies is expected to be more than 17,000 by 2020.
  • Incumbent workers will play a central role in filling the gap created by retirements.
  • Companies will need resources to train incumbent workers so operations are not adversely effected.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Local Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Workforce Indicators, 2014. Industries shown represent “supersectors,” as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Supersectors aggregate related NAICS sectors.
  1. Creating a more inclusive workforce

A recent Buffalo Niagara Partnership survey of area employers found that 24% of the companies were having difficulty achieving a diverse labor force.

Employ Buffalo Niagara addresses this challenge with an inclusive workforce system driven by employer needs that also prepares members of the community for high-quality careers.  Our approach aims to:

  • Improve communication on available jobs and what credentials and competencies are needed.
  • Give employers better access to a greater number of qualified, diverse candidates
  • Promote career information and educational opportunities for community members
Source: National Equity Atlas, using 2012 census data from IPUMS-USA.
  1. Creating paths to higher career opportunities for unemployed and low wage earners in targeted industry sectors
  • Entry level and mid-level incumbent workers are trained to fill vacancies created by retirements
  • This will create opportunities for unemployed, underrepresented populations.
  • Soft skills, sufficient remedial skills, and above average cognitive abilities will be required to obtain entry level employment in all the targeted industries.
  • Thousands of jobs will be available over the next 10 years for those who wish to build a career.

Source: NYS Department of Labor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2014.

Source: NYSDOL, Labor Staffing Patterns and Long-term Occupational Projections, through 2022; National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS and websites of related industry groups, professional associations, non-profit trade groups, and others.

Source: NYSDOL, Labor Staffing Patterns and Long-term Occupational Projections, through 2022; National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS and websites of related industry groups, professional associations, non-profit trade groups, and others.

Source: NYSDOL, Labor Staffing Patterns and Long-term Occupational Projections, through 2022; National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS and websites of related industry groups, professional associations, non-profit trade groups, and others.

  1. Realigning education and training to meet local job market demand
  • The region has a wealth of education and training providers to supply potential candidates to local employers.
  • More than 100,000 students are enrolled in local colleges and universities, and combined they graduate nearly 28,000 students each year.
  • Education is the purest form of workforce development and flocal employers enjoy the greatest benefit when the programs and certifications match their hiring needs.
  • The region does an excellent job producing candidates for the high level positions but there is a disparity between the jobs and emerging workers with credentials that match entry level and mid-level positions.

Employ Buffalo Niagara will regularly convene employers in target industries to engage in demand planning for their job openings and better communicate competencies and credentials required.