Workforce and talent development are a priority for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. As Dottie Gallagher, our President & CEO said when we released our 2018-2019 Annual Report to Members: “There is no denying that workforce development is truly job number one.” To that end, the Partnership offers two programs devoted to helping regional employers develop leaders: Leader Exchange and Executive Exchange. And with meetings starting again in September, now is the perfect time to get involved.
Employee absences carry hidden costs that can affect an organization’s productivity and revenue.
It is not a surprise that Buffalo Niagara employers have identified workforce issues as pain points. For the last two years, according to the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Member Pulse survey results, workforce issues have remained among the top three pain points.
Buffalo Niagara Partnership sponsors tour of Northland Workforce Training Center prior to start of first classes in September.
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Employ Buffalo Niagara connects local employers with residents seeking job opportunities. While job placement is vital to the success of our region, creating opportunity is only step one in addressing our regional workforce challenges.
The Buffalo Niagara region is expected to have annual job growth of nearly 5,200 jobs through 2022. These jobs will be located throughout Erie and Niagara counties across all skill levels and industries. Ensuring a workforce can access these jobs is critical to sustain this growth. These workers will need a variety of transportation options as some will not have the resources for, or access to, a car or may choose not to own one.
The existence of complex social, economic, and environmental problems is inescapable. Topics such as unemployment, underemployment, racial disparities, growing skill gaps, and transportation dilemmas are constantly on the list of things needing not only attention, but long-lasting solutions. The complexity of these issues requires dynamic, adaptable, and sustainable solutions. These types of solutions cannot be created by one individual, group, or organization. Like the famous African Proverb “it takes a village to raise a child,” it takes a variety of united participants to effectively work to solve these types of social, economic, and environmental issues.
Advocating for employers in Western New York is among the most important commitments the Buffalo Niagara Partnership makes, especially when it comes to workforce development.
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.