Talent Pipeline

Finding the right talent across Westchester is a critical challenge for many businesses. The WCA is responding to employer needs and creating the talent pipelines key to Westchester's economic success.
Responding to Emerging Needs

Amidst the pandemic, businesses of all sizes struggled, and the level of unemployment in Westchester became a critical challenge. Businesses are still grappling to fill jobs. Understanding and responding to the evolving current and future employer needs in our region is key to our economic recovery.

Developing the Talent Pipeline

The WCA focuses on the importance of hiring and investing in employees who add value to the organization, and is uniquely qualified with its strong relationships with employers, colleges and other education/ training providers. The WCA understands the essential value of engaging key stakeholders to work together to meet the region’s short- and long-term talent needs.

Initiatives & Results

2024 Healthcare Talent Pipeline Program

The Healthcare Talent Pipeline Program is a WCA conceptualized and led workforce initiative to locally recruit, train, and fill high-demand healthcare jobs that pay good salaries with benefits and career advancement opportunities. Program partners include Westchester Community College, SW BOCES, Westchester Putnam Career Center Network, twenty hospitals and other healthcare employers, and other nonprofit service providers. Camoin Associate’s HTPP Economic Impact Report analyzed the first 104 hires and found $3.7 million in direct earnings, $9 million in sales and 1,100% return on investments annually in County invested funds AND growing.

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2023 Special Talent Solutions Report

The 2023 Special Talent Solutions Report uses recent NYS Department of Labor surveys, Mercer research and insights from WCA talent initiatives to identify strategies employers can use to improve recruitment and retention outcomes. As a whole, the report is designed to help employers better understand what the key recruitment and retention issues are and what strategies can be used to address them – and significantly improve outcomes.

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Regional Workforce Development Summit

The WCA hosts an annual workforce development summit, bringing together thought leaders and hundreds of key stakeholders to address our region’s recruitment and retention challenges by sharing insights, innovative solutions and best practices. The most recent one took place on April 13th, 2023- click here for an event recap. 

2022 Regional Talent Resource Guide

The Regional Talent Resource Guide includes information on a variety of on-campus and online courses, credentials, degree programs and career services offered by WCA member college/universities. Also included is information about childcare, transportation, housing and healthcare resources.

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Healthcare Career Launch Project

The Healthcare Career Launch Project funded by the state will train 50 job seekers for entry level healthcare positions.

Healthcare Talent Pipeline Program

The Healthcare Talent Pipeline Program funded by Westchester County will recruit 300 job seekers and employees who will be trained by Westchester Community College and SWBOCES for certified nursing assistants, medical assistant and medical administrative assistant jobs. Participants will also receive computer training from STEM Alliance and job readiness and service excellence training from Leadership Learning Group. The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board, Nonprofit Westchester and other nonprofits will assist with recruitment and support services. The employer partners include ENT & Allergy Associates, Westmed/Summit Health, Open Door Family Medical Center and United Hebrew of New Rochelle.

Workforce Development Committee

Experts from business, higher education, and non profits meet, collaborate and develop innovative solutions to our region’s workforce challenges and to create a sustainable talent ecosystem.

Talent Council

The Talent Council was formed to develop a locally sourced talent pipeline for the healthcare sector. It focuses on aligning nursing curriculum with employer needs; coordinating and increasing clinical training for nursing students; and enhancing degree opportunities, among others. This high-level council is comprised of chief nursing officers and deans of local colleges and universities.

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