Re-defining Workforce Development in Northeast Ohio:
A workforce system that works—works for individuals, works for employers, works for the community, works for the regional economy—was the goal of the Fund for Our Economic Future when we committed support for WorkAdvance, a national workforce demonstration, in Northeast Ohio more than five years ago. Even though there are rich service offerings within our communities, we know some residents are not consistently receiving the comprehensive set of services they need in order to get, keep and advance in jobs. At the same time, employers continue to cite finding prepared, reliable talent as one of their biggest challenges. We also know our region’s aging workforce is projected to leave hundreds of thousands of jobs to fill over the next decade—640,000 openings, or a third of our labor force.1 In short, our workforce needs are immense and meeting them is critical to our region’s economic competitiveness.
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