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