In today’s economy, businesses need highly skilled workers; workers need good jobs and career opportunities; and the Commonwealth and its economic regions need top quality companies and workers. Next Gen Industry Partnerships are a key institutional innovation for meeting the skills needs of businesses, the career goals of workers, and the economic development goals of the Commonwealth.Next Gen Industry Partnerships are a particular kind of “workforce intermediary,” a so-called dual customer institution that helps connect and meet the needs of both workers and businesses. Industry Partnerships bring together multiple employers, and workers or worker representatives when appropriate, in the same industry cluster to address common or overlapping human capital needs. Effective Industry Partnerships can accomplish the following:

Partnerships are a vital compenent of the L/W WIB.

  • Identify the training needs of businesses, including skill gaps critical to competitiveness and innovation
  • Facilitate companies to come together to aggregate training and education needs and achieve economies of scale
  • Help educational and training institutions align curriculum and programs to industry demand, particularly for higher skill occupations
  • Inform and collaborate with youth councils, business-education partnerships, parents and career counselors and facilitate bringing employers together to address the challenges of connecting youth to careers
  • Help companies identify and work together to address common organizational and human resource challenges – recruiting new workers, retaining incumbent workers, implementing high-performance work organization, adopting new technologies and fostering experiential on-the-job learning
  • Develop new career ladders within and across companies, enabling entry-level workers to improve skills to advance into higher skill, higher wage jobs
  • Develop new industry credentials that give companies confidence in the skills of new hires and workers more mobility and earning potential across firms
  • Promote communication networks between firms, managers, and workers to promote innovation, potential economies of scale in purchasing and other economic activities, and dissemination of best practices. In some cases, these activities result in the development of new learning collaboratives, Centers of Excellence, or joint economic development activity

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