Train. Connect. Employ. Grow.

Building and maintaining a quality workforce has been a core component of the Partnership's mission since our inception in 1993.  Our work is carried out via partnerships with local higher education institutions, the Buffalo Niagara 360 program for young professionals, regular workforce skills and compensation surveys, and Partnership volunteers and staff serving on numerous workforce-related boards and committees across Buffalo Niagara.

Partnership Workforce Development Agenda Key Objectives & Action Items:

  1. Partnership to become "go-to" resource for employers' workforce development needs
  2. Create a stronger connection between employers' needs and regional workforce development/education resources
  3. Foster an environment in Buffalo Niagara that ensures a long-term pool of available, skilled workforce
  4. Strengthen Buffalo Niagara 360 as a professional development organization


Partnership to become "go-to" resource for employers' workforce development needs

  • Facilitate individual workforce development requests from members through the Employer Outreach Program (EOP)
    • Ongoing employer outreach interviews
    • Quarterly review of EOP workforce trends
  • Re-build Regional Workforce Development Relationships
    • Establish Partnership expertise in regional workforce development conversations, advocacy and planning through aggressive relationship building/involvement
  • Collaborate with the Erie County Executive's Office and the Erie County Department of Social Services on a region-wide workforce training summit to facilitate collaboration among training agencies, including higher education, and identify where improvements in local workforce training can be made.
    • Evaluate and Market Capabilities of EMSI Workforce Planning Software for Members
    • Develop framework for new EMSI workforce planning software (collaboration with BNE) and its applicability to Buffalo Niagara employers - includes labor market trends, worker training programs database, talent strategy and jobseeker/employer connections
    • Market workforce planning capabilities of the EMSI software to Partnership members
  • WNY Regional Economic Development Council
    • Partnership workforce development staff to engage with the WNY REDC workforce working group
  • Ensure jobs web site is "go to" resource for employers and job seekers
    • Modernize web site, including streamlining "back end" technology to alleviate day-to-day, in-house maintenance issues
    • In collaboration with BNE, create marketing campaign for web site (paid/earned/social media)

Create a stronger connection between employers' needs and regional workforce development/education resources

  • Buffalo Niagara Job Skills Needs Assessment
    • Complete assessment of current and future regional skills needs to identify holes in regional education/worker training programs 
    • Disseminate survey results to K-12, Higher Ed and workforce development programs
  • Become a central resource for employer/higher ed/workforce training connections
    • Secure Partnership appointment to the Erie County Workforce Investment Board
    • Solicit involvement from regional universities and colleges on what kinds of graduates they're producing to link to employer requests through EOP; Maintain and update database to provide as an on-going resource
    • Build regional awareness of Partnership involvement in workforce issues through relationship-building with workforce development professionals; Partnership staff to be central connection between employers and regional workforce development programs
  • Implement "Dream It Do It" Program to encourage a future generation of manufacturing workforce
    • Craft Dream It, Do It WNY Implementation Plan to be submitted to ESD  
    • Nominate two (2)  private sector manufacturing leaders for the Dream It, Do It WNY Board of Directors
    • Nominate 8-10 manufacturing leaders for the Dream It, Do It Erie County Action Team
    • Begin outreach to manufacturers to drive private-sector investment in the initiative
    • Begin outreach to area schools and training institutions to assess current curriculum relative to industry

Foster an environment in Buffalo Niagara that ensures a long-term pool of available, skilled workforce

  • Engage in "soft skills" development for next generation of regional workforce
    • Provide young professional instructors/presenters from Buffalo Niagara 360 to the Buffalo Employment and Training Center's high school workforce training program
    • Collaborate with the University at Buffalo's Employment Opportunity Center to provide young professionals for education-based mentoring and instruction efforts related to the Workforce Readiness Credential Curriculum
  • Engage with educational institutions to highlight opportunities in technical fields to future workers
    • Collaborate with Niagara University on the Girls in the Sciences Mentoring Program, providing positive role models in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields to school age female students and an opportunity to participate in a county wide science challenge
    • Collaborate with the Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council (NFIEC) and Partnership's Manufacturers Council to coordinate a tour series for area high school students and engage Partnership members in NFIEC's annual High School Jobs Fair to raise awareness and profile for regional manufacturing related careers
  • Advocate for stronger/more effective workforce development toolsAdvocate for stronger/more effective workforce development tools
    • Reform Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to allow local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) greater flexibility in meeting regional skills needs
    • Passage of Senator Gillibrand's Upstate Works Act, which provides resources to help students and working adults get the new training they need for the "jobs of the future" - i.e. tech, clean energy.

Strengthen Buffalo Niagara 360's role as a professional development organization

  • Provide on-going professional and leadership development programming for BN360 members
    • 2012 Be-A-Mentor Program - Collaborate with Liberty Partnerships' Program through BN360 to provide positive young professional role models at Buffalo's Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts
    • Open Be-A-Mentor model to all Buffalo Public Schools - Provide small groups of positive young professional role models to inner city students, giving them exposure to the region's employment opportunities while providing support and instruction focused on leadership training, improving communication skills and identifying individual work related interests


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