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.
We may be in the middle of winter, but it is never too early to start thinking (dreaming?) of summer. Summer is a time for baseball games, relaxing on the beach and walks along the Canalside. Summer is also a time that many employers start to think about bringing on summer help in the form of unpaid internships. Unpaid internships are often thought of a place where young individuals can get their feet wet in a new industry and an employer can get some free labor. However, unpaid internships have often lead to employers getting into legal hot water when a court determines that an intern should not have been unpaid after all. This may change under new guidance from the United States Department of Labor.
A new workforce development initiative is spreading rapidly across the country and it’s now being deployed here in Western New York. Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) applies the principles of supply chain management to talent acquisition. Developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and successfully implemented in Houston, Texas, TPM is at the core of Employ Buffalo Niagara – a new regional, employer-led workforce development initiative powered by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
New York State leaders have lacked the political will to fix our state’s broken Scaffold Law for decades. Now a United States Congressman is giving it a try. Rep. John Faso of the Hudson Valley has introduced federal legislation creating a workaround to New York’s burdensome, job killing mandate. The Infrastructure Expansion Act would exempt any construction project in New York State subsidized with federal funds from the state’s current Scaffold Law which mandates absolute liability on building owners and contractors.
Achieving diversity in the workplace is a great challenge.
Members of Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Manufacturers Council were treated to a great tour hosted by council member Dynabrade, a manufacturer of portable abrasive power tools and related accessories used in industrial and automotive markets.
Congress plays a critical role in making sure Career and Technical Education is properly funded and appropriately focused. The House of Representatives did its part earlier this summer in passing the bi-partisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.