Partners on the Career Path
June 9, 2022
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership continues to expand the Career Pathways Project as a component of Employ Buffalo Niagara to help connect job seekers to regional careers with tangible growth opportunities. The project was launched in 2021, made possible by a generous grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr Foundation.
Working directly with employers, BNP develops custom five-year career plans that incorporate high-quality video production, for each participating company—making it easier to attract and retain talent and to work with education or training providers to properly build a successful talent pipeline.
Connecting these employment opportunities to active job seekers is just as important as the content itself. The BNP collaborates with regional training and educational organizations to feature the Career Pathways in their curriculums and programs. This synergy allows students and trainees to connect with employers in their future industries before they graduate.
The BNP is proud to collaborate with a wide range of educational and workforce development organizations as part of Career Pathways, including:
The BNP works closely with government leaders to keep them informed of employer challenges and to advocate for policy that would ease the workforce crisis. The BNP supports legislation that expands access to education and training, makes quality childcare more accessible, removes barriers to workforce participation, and reforms our immigration system to meet our region’s workforce needs.
Attracting, retaining, and promoting the right employees continues to challenge employers in every sector of the Western New York economy. As we all navigate COVID-19-related changes to the workplace, new workforce development and advancement tools will be needed to move our region forward.
The New York State Department of Labor announced a forthcoming increase in the minimum wage across upstate New York.
On December 31, the minimum wage in our region will rise to $13.20 per hour, a 70-cent increase from the current rate.