Strategy BE5.3: Create demand-driven and targeted workforce development strategies that enable employers to articulate needs more precisely to existing workforce development providers.
Job advancement opportunities should exist for workers at every education and skill level. Workforce development providers should partner with existing and potential employers to understand their existing and future business needs and develop job training curricula accordingly. A regional alignment taskforce should work together to ensure communication and collaboration among stakeholders and to identify and replicate best practices from other areas. In addition, the taskforce should convene partners to reduce in-region competition and to increase collaboration on grants and other initiatives involving economic development, education training, and workforce development. Through innovations such as these and work-based learning opportunities, customized certificate or degree programs and ongoing career counseling, workforce development providers can ensure that both GroWNC workers and businesses succeed.