Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) is establishing a New York City-wide resource to unite and strengthen key stakeholders in the diverse and wide reaching workforce development field.
The Workforce Field Building Hub brings together key leaders from across the interdisciplinary and diverse New York City and national workforce community to identify common issues and solutions to strengthen the workforce ecosystem. Through its core purpose of field learning, innovation, and practice improvement, the Hub’s primary role is to function as a central place for community-based organizations, for-profit service delivery agencies, government, education institutions, workforce philanthropies, organized labor, private sector employers, public libraries, employer-based training programs, and others to collectively respond to local and national trends and policy changes that impact workforce development. This initiative expands upon WPTI’s commitment to build the capacity of practitioners, organizations, and workforce systems to train, educate, and prepare jobseekers for thriving careers, and at the same time, meet employers’ demand for skilled workers. This initiative is supported by the New York City Workforce Funders through the NYC Workforce Development Fund at The New York Community Trust, The New York Community Trust, Fund for the City of New York, The Pinkerton Foundation, Altman Foundation, Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, and The Clark Foundation.
With online resources, tested tools and models, in depth data and research, and action oriented convenings the Hub will collect solutions to common problems, leverage the expertise of different stakeholders, and boost the competencies and capacities of individuals and organizations. With innovation as its driving force, the Hub’s programs will prioritize:
- New ways to meaningfully engage employers with common ways to measure the effectiveness of these partnerships
- Data collection and analysis that documents best practices both locally and nationally
- Consolidating and sharing resources and tools that can improve workforce practice
- Building communities of practice across stakeholder groups to share learning, shape systems, and deliver results
- Documenting progress made and areas for coordination and collaboration for large workforce development initiatives
- Collectively working together to influence key leaders in the field regarding how we create a better and more responsive workforce system
- Creating new connections and deepening partnerships between stakeholders to fight poverty, support jobseekers, meet the needs of employers, and boost New York City’s economy
An advisory committee of workforce development executives that represents the inclusive ideal of the Hub and the diversity of our field will help shape, strengthen, and demonstrate the results of the Workforce Field Building Hub. Confirmed members to date include:
• David Berman, Director of Programs and Evaluation, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity
• David Bolotsky, Founder & CEO, UncommonGoods
• Mary Ellen Clark, Executive Director, New York City Employment & Training Coalition
• Diane Edelson, Executive Vice President, Grant Associates
• Blake Foote, Independent Workforce Development Consultant (WPTI Board Chair)
• Suzanne Foran, Chief of Program Services, Eckerd Youth Alternatives (WPTI Board Member)
• Lowell Herschberger, Director of Career and Education Programs, Cypress Hills LDC
• Lesley Hirsch, Director, New York City Labor Market Information Service
• Faiza Issa, Director, SKILLFUL, Markle Foundation
• Melinda Mack, Executive Director, New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals
• Paul Ortega, National Director of Training and Organizational Development, Swiss Post Solutions (WPTI Board Vice Chair)
• Marjorie Parker, Deputy Executive Director, JobsFirstNYC
• Lauren Rasnake, Head of Development and Culture, UncommonGoods
• Syrine Reese, Head of Talent Acquisition, Healthfirst
• Kelly Richardson, Managing Director, New York, Per Scholas
• Linda Rodriguez, Head of The Fellowship Initiative, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
• Jennie Sparandara, Vice President, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
• Valerie Westphal, University Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Programs, CUNY
• Faith Wiggins, Director, Homecare Education Fund, 1199 SEIU Training and Employment Funds
• Ira Yankwitt, Executive Director, Literacy Assistance Center
Look for more information regarding the initial projects of the Hub including a launch event and formal website in Spring 2017