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Looking for more talent to walk through your doors—and stay there?
Career Pathways is a 2-3 month intensive program that develops a custom career progression for your company—making it easier for you to attract and retain talent, and for us to work with education or training providers to properly build your talent pipeline.

After this program, you will have tangible resources that easily explain each role, the career progression at your company, and the qualifications needed for advancement.

Made possible by a generous grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, the BNP’s Career Pathways initiative is currently working with a select group of employers to develop and perfect the upcoming program.

Start Your Path to a New Career in Buffalo Niagara

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership connects you to local employment opportunities with room for growth and salary advancement. Learn more about each available career by viewing its video and job description.

Manufacturing

Company: Zehnder Rittling | Job: Manufacturing Support

Laquisha Ross is putting her training to work at Zehnder Rittling and is on her way to a leadership position. She’s proud to be a part of a team that looks out for each other and a company that values her professional growth. Learn how to start your own career pathway at Zehnder Rittling by watching this short video and clicking on the job description tab.

Company: SoPark | Job: Solder Machine Operator

Bryan Carrasquillo started at SoPark as a cleaner with a deep interest in technology. His managers gave him a chance to learn more about the company and explore career opportunities as part of the manufacturing team. Now, Bryan is a solder machine operator being trained to advance in a high-tech industry. Learn how to start your own career pathway at SoPark by watching this short video and clicking the job description tab.

Company: Tapecon | Job: Machine Operator

Joanne Smith is advancing through a career that started as a job. As a Machine Operator at Tapecon, she has become a key influencer within the workforce over the past eight years, becoming a trusted leader at the company. Learn how to start your own career pathway at Tapecon by watching this short video and clicking the job description tab.

Company: Moog | Job: Finisher

Jena Caparrelli started at Moog as a cleaner and showed a willingness to learn and grow with the company. She has been promoted twice in two and a half years, and now helps create high-tech engineering components as a Finisher. Learn how to start your own career pathway at Moog by watching this short video and clicking the job description tab.

Healthcare / Human Services

Company: People Inc. | Job: Direct Support Professional

Niq Huling has always cared deeply for others, and she joined People Inc. to put her compassion to work. After just four months as Director Support Professional, she was promoted to Team Leader and continues to grow with the company while impacting the lives of her clients every day. Learn how to start your own career pathway at People Inc. by watching this short video and clicking the job description tab.

Company: Kaleida Health | Job: Medical Assistant

Bobby Bojic started as a Kaleida Health Medical Assistant and found a passion for patient care. Now, as a Registered Nurse, Bobby impacts people’s lives every day as part of Western New York’s largest healthcare provider. Learn how to start your own career pathway at Kaleida Health by watching this short video and clicking the job description tab.

Automotive

Company: AAA | Job: Roadside Assistance Technician

Dan Fisher has always cared about helping people. Becoming a AAA Roadside Technician allowed him to put his passion to work and grow into an exciting managerial position. Learn how to start your own career pathway at AAA by watching this short video and clicking on the job description tab.

Company: Dunn Tire | Job: Tire Technician

Bobby Ziolkowski started as a Tire Technician at Dunn Tire, while still in high school. Over ten years later, Bobby has been promoted and has leadership positions in his sights. Learn how to start your own career at Dunn Tire by watching this short video and clicking on the job description tab.

Construction

Company: Frey Electric | Job: Assistant Project Manager

Ronald Solazzo had experience in general contracting but wanted to take his next professional step in a specialized field. Now, Ronald is gaining experience as Project Manager at Frey Electric Construction Company, building both transformative projects and his career in the process. Learn how to start your own career pathway at Frey Electric Construction by watching this short video and clicking on the job description tab.

Information Technology

Company: MVP | Job: Business Development Associate

Priscilla Ouattara started in an entry level position at MVP Network Consulting, helping clients with technological issues. In just three years, Priscilla has been promoted twice and is building an exciting career in Information Technology. Learn how to start your own career at MVP by watching this short video and clicking on the job description tab.

Utilites

Company: National Fuel | Job: Meter Reader

Byron Banks was just looking for a job five years ago but found a career at National Fuel. He combined the training he received as a Meter Reader with hard work and education and was promoted to Serviceman. Now, he is on a managerial track with many opportunities in front of him. Learn how to start your own career pathway at National Fuel by watching this short video and clicking on the job description tab.

From the Blog

7.28.22 Webisode: Creating Career Pathways

By communications@thepartnership.org | July 29, 2022

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership knows that hiring is the most common pain point amongst all employers right now, and will be for the foreseeable future. We created the Employ Buffalo Niagara Career Pathways Program to help regional companies attract and retain talent in this challenging job market.

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Partners on the Career Path

By communications@thepartnership.org | 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.

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TPM: Making Career Connections

By communications@thepartnership.org | May 12, 2022

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership continues to expand our Employ Buffalo Niagara Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) program, connecting hiring employers to regional job seekers. The Talent Pipeline Management program is a 1-2 year workshop that brings companies with similar job needs together, sharing their common talent pain-points, communicating new industry expectations and addressing

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4.12.22 Webisode: Employing Refugees

4.12.22 Webisode: Employing Refugees – How Employers Can Tap into WNY’s Growing Talent Pool

By communications@thepartnership.org | April 15, 2022

Buffalo Niagara continues to welcome refugees from around the world. Many of our newest neighbors come to WNY with skills and experience and are prepared to become a valuable part of your workforce.

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Workforce Policy Update March 2022

By khilsdorf@thepartnership.org | March 8, 2022

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.

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Career Pathways

BNP Career Pathways Build Momentum

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | October 19, 2021

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.

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9.28.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS To Raise Minimum Wage

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | September 28, 2021

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.

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Creating Career Pathways

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | July 19, 2021

How can we connect a job seeker to an employment opportunity that can lead to a long and rewarding career?

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