Almost everyone who interacts with a manufacturing company benefits from seeing a factory firsthand. Plant visits build a better understanding of the manufacturing industry, the company’s culture, and dispel common misconceptions about today’s manufacturing. Through its recent work, Employ Buffalo Niagara recognized the need for an awareness campaign and invited career navigators to Tapecon, an OEM Contract Manufacturer for medical, industrial and electronic applications.
Tapecon’s impeccable, 80,000 square foot facility, is all about efficiency, productivity and purpose. It has a proud heritage and fosters learning and collaboration. The tour provided insight to today’s manufacturing and the culture that is fostered in the Tapecon workplace. Tours of this kind enable us to better connect agencies and employers and ultimately boost the workforce pipeline. “Buffalo is facing many factors that call for a systemic change in how we, as a community, view workforce development and talent attraction/retention. Through our partnership with Employ Buffalo Niagara, we have a real opportunity to recruit, prepare, and employ all populations, especially refugees and immigrants, to support the increasing hiring needs of WNY,” said Laura Caley, Employment Services Manager of the International Institute of Buffalo.
Employ Buffalo Niagara – an employer-led, multi-sector approach to systems change in workforce development, engages employers to identify critical positions and the competency and credentials for those positions. Employ Buffalo Niagara utilizes a new employer-led, demand-driven approach to workforce development called Talent Pipeline Management. Our first collaborative of employers consists of five employers (including Tapecon) identifying 40 openings over an 18-month period in two entry-level positions. Initial learnings indicated increased awareness among agencies of industry hiring practices, work culture and better information from employers on specific job skills needs was necessary. Other key findings identified the need for better connection between agencies and workforce services already in the community and expanded reach into the working poor populations traditionally left out of the pipeline. Under the direction of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Employ Buffalo Niagara is committed to engaging more employers and becoming the community’s talent strategy.