Heartland Workforce Solutions
HWS Board Strategic Planning Meeting
Thursday August 28, 2014- 8:00
MCC Fort Campus Building 10 Room 136
5730 N. 30th St., Omaha, NE 68103
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FUTURE WORKFORCE AND PIPELINE DEVELOPMENT

Heartland Workforce Solutions, as a local host site for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, is part of an unprecedented initiative of national and local funders whose goal is the career advancement of low-wage workers using a model of substantial employer engagement to increase the potential for successful outcomes.

Goals:

  • Assist low-income workers and job seekers find employment, advance in careers and/or receive a post-secondary or industry recognized credential that will likely lead to job placement and/or advancement.
  • Assist local employers find and retain the skilled workers they require to successfully compete in today’s global economy.
  • Implement a systems change agenda that significantly improved opportunities for low-wage workers to advance in careers through:
    - Employer-led changes in human resources practices.
    - Significant improvements to education/training practices.
    - Federal, state or local policy changes and/or innovations based on evidence-based research.

We accomplish the above goals by bringing employers together in Workforce Partnerships to understand and address the requisite skills of an entire industry, thereby implementing initiatives with broader impact.

Strategy

Organize Workforce Partnerships
Workforce partnerships create long-term relationships between employers and HWS. HWS serves as the convener and facilitator, offering job training and career supports that meet the needs of both employees and employers in industry sectors that are central to our local economy.

Develop Strategies for Specific Industry Sectors
Heartland Workforce Solutions’ approach for the National Fund initiative is sector-specific. For example, the expectations of employers in advanced manufacturing are quite different than those of an employer in health care. By focusing on the sectors that are important to the local economy, workforce partnerships can help employers in a sector save money and resources by sharing training expertise and costs.

Current Workforce Partnership & Sector Strategies

  • Health care
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
  • Advanced Manufacturing

For more information on this initiative or to join a sector-specific partnership please call (402) 218-1168.

National Funders:
Chase
Ford Foundation
Knight Foundation
Microsoft
One Boeing Fund
Open Society Foundations
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Corporation for National and Community Service
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
The Hitachi Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The Prudential Foundation
The Social Innovation Fund
The Walmart Foundation