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

The WCA serves as the Project Manager of Jobs Waiting, a federally funded, $9.8 million job readiness program. With a robust regional team of expert career professionals and educational partners, the Jobs Waiting Program provides training, resources, incentives and placement support to ensure businesses have the talent they need to succeed and grow. The Jobs Waiting team has helped long-term unemployed residents of the Hudson Valley find employment in the growing healthcare sector. To date, nearly 500 individuals have been trained and more than 300 previously unemployed participants have been placed.

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Programs & Results
The WCA serves 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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