Workforce Development

A ready and able workforce is central to Westchester’s economic vitality. How is the WCA connecting businesses with talent?

Keeping Pace with Job Creation

Businesses go where there is talent, and that means having a pipeline of trained and job-ready individuals is essential. But job growth in Westchester is strong across virtually every sector, threatening to outpace the county’s pool of men and women who are prepared to fill key positions. Training the workforce for current and future high growth-potential careers is critical.

Developing the Talent Pipeline

Westchester County selected WCA in 2015 to manage, Jobs Waiting, a $9.8 million U.S. Dept. of Labor Ready to Work grant focused on training and placing job seekers in healthcare jobs and upskilling healthcare employees in the Hudson Valley. The four-year project provided training to more than 600 individuals and placed almost 400 job seekers with more than 250 employers in the region. WCA exceeded the enrollment, training and placement goals ahead of schedule and was one of the most successful Ready to Work grantees. The return on investment was nearly 2:1 and has an economic impact of almost $20 million per year. WCA continues to focus on the importance of hiring and investing in employees who add value to the organization. WCA is uniquely qualified with its strong relationships with employers, colleges and other education/training providers. WCA understands the importance of having key stakeholders work together to meet the region’s short- and long-term talent needs.

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Programs & Results
From 2015-2019, WCA served as project manager of Jobs Waiting, a federally-funded job training program that prepares long-and-short-term unemployed individuals for jobs in the Hudson Valley’s growing healthcare sector.
Workforce development is a major component of the WCA’s economic growth strategy. In partnership with Hospitality Resource Group’s Strategic Training Solutions, the WCA has identified key workforce issues with input from employers in the region.
Workforce Academy
Building on years of working with area businesses, healthcare organizations, and institutions of higher learning, the WCA launched the Hudson Valley Workforce Academy to help fill the critical need for skilled workers in the healthcare, technology, and business sectors here. Past courses include Healthcare Analytics, Medical Coding and Customer Service Excellence.
The WCA launched the first-ever collaborative career and internship fair bringing together businesses, students and alumni from the entire County at a single event, making it easier and more cost-effective for employers to find employees and students to find jobs and internships.
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