Partnerships Formed in Two New Regions
In 2016, the Business-Education Partnerships Task Force met with stakeholders in Washington County to build relationships between educators, workforce support systems, and food system businesses. This project served as a pilot to determine how other regions may best build these relationships (more information on the pilot here.) The meetings in 2016 revealed that each sector had common goals and similar barriers to success, but competing resources and separate languages.
In the upcoming year, the Washington project will continue, and new partnerships in both Windham and Lamoille counties will pursue variations on the Washington County model:
The primary activity of the Washington County Partnership in 2017 will be a meeting in late summer/early fall convening all three stakeholder groups to determine concrete next steps, for example seeking grant funding to implement the approaches identified in previous meetings.
The Lamoille/Northern Vermont project will consist of six events, three for a business audience and three for a combined educators/workforce development audience. Each business meeting will collect input on the gap between skills needed by businesses and skills available in the workforce. Each educators/workforce development meeting will include a report from the business meeting and a discussion on next steps. Meetings will be held throughout the region, not only in Lamoille County.
The Windham Partnership will use the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Talent Management Pipeline (TMP) project to survey a variety of food system business sectors and identify the competencies needed. These findings will be presented to the Center for Workforce Excellence and the Windham County Workforce Investment Board to inform future action steps.
Stay tuned for additional information on each of these projects!