Purpose: To learn first-hand about businesses’ expectations of its employees and how local workforce partnerships can better prepare emerging workers to meet the needs of New York State employers.
Event Summary: The Emerging Workers Subcommittee of the State Workforce Investment Board will convene a panel of five to seven major employers in the Hudson Valley to better connect local youth programming to the business community. Education Commissioner Richard Mills, Labor Commissioner, Commissioner John Johnson, Office of Children and Family Services, and Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus will join the area businesses on the panel. The session will begin with a moderated discussion among the panel members, which will then be expanded to include participation by an audience, consisting of representatives from the seven Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIAs) in the Hudson Valley. Each LWIA has committed to bring a team of individuals responsible for setting youth strategies and policies in their respective areas. Facilitators will debrief each team following the panel discussion and then work locally with each LWIA to further refine their strategies for providing comprehensive youth services that incorporate concepts discussed at the Forum.
Outcomes: The business community will have the opportunity to convey its expectations of the emerging workforce directly to the local areas. Each LWIA will benefit in two ways – enhanced local partnerships through formation of the local teams and refined strategies to comprehensively serve area youth, in a manner consistent with employer expectations.
Follow-up: The facilitators will schedule follow-up sessions in each LWIA to work with local team members to complete a revised strategic work plan for serving area youth. These plans will incorporate “lessons learned” from the Forum and specifically address identified business needs. The facilitators will provide a written report to the Emerging Workers Subcommittee evaluating the Regional Forum/Local Planning Sessions process and the quality of the resulting local plans.