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RV 2014: Developing Workforce Opportunities with Transit- Regional Stories


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Developing Workforce Opportunities with Transit: Regional Stories AICP CM 1.5
3 regions = 3 distinct stories. How are workforce initiatives in Denver, Seattle and the Twin Cities helping businesses and economies grow along transit? Leaders from community colleges, cities and counties share their experiences. Models include: a training and employment program for transit construction and operators; a corridor-level model focused on employees and business development and retention; and an innovative approach to developing a food hub employment center near new transit.
Moderator: Jennifer Billig, Policy Consultant, Mile High Business Alliance, Denver, Colorado
Katrina Wert, Director, Regional Workforce Initiative, Community College of Denver, Colorado
Janet Guthrie, Senior Policy Analyst, Ramsey County, Manager's Office, St. Paul, Minnesota
Nora Liu, Community Development Manager, Department of Planning & Development, City of Seattle, Washington

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RV 2014: Developing Workforce Opportunities with Transit- Regional Stories

  1. 1. WIN Mission  Meet the workforce needs of employers  Connect local residents to career opportunities in the transportation and construction industries
  2. 2. WIN and FasTracks WIN currently operates on six transit infrastructure projects:  Eagle P3 Rail Line  US 36 Bus Rapid Transit Corridor (w/CDOT)  North Metro Rail Line  Redevelopment of Denver Union Station historic building  I 225 Rail Line  Alameda Station redevelopment (w/ City of Denver)
  3. 3. Who WIN Serves  In 2013, 352 served through general and targeted career services (20% increase over 2012)  Currently 391 active enrollees—192 placed individuals, 85 job seeking /training participants and 103 incumbent workers seeking advanced training  45% reside in priority zip codes adjacent to FasTracks construction  69 individuals employers on six projects
  4. 4. Services for Employers  Pre-screening and recruiting for new positions  Training for new hires or existing workforce  Career pathway planning for existing workforce  Provide connections to local training programs and community organizations  Hiring incentives such as Work Opportunity Tax Credits, and salary reimbursements offered through state and city resources Services for Participants  Placement and job search assistance  Career building—coaching, networking opportunities, and skills training both pre-and post- placement  Industry awareness—information on industry trends direct from the hiring employers to support interview and on-the-job success  Supportive services to eliminate barriers to employment success
  5. 5. WIN Network Partner Benefits 54 organizations including non-profits, community colleges, apprenticeship programs, small businesses, trade associations, and public workforce system  Provides diverse training options for entry-level, middle-skilled, advanced, and entrepreneurial skills development  Combines post-placement resources with employment preparation to increase job retention  Leverages resources and reduces costs
  6. 6.  WIN develops positions in 3 categories--craft/technician; office administration and professional services  192 placements on 6 projects; target between 75 and 90 positions per year  Current avg. starting wage is $16.03 hourly ($33,342 annually)  On average, 13% of WIN participants advance into new positions within 6 months Employment Outcomes
  7. 7. • 85% of WIN applicants participate in pre-placement training or coaching • 40% of WIN participants enroll in post-placement training • 24% access post-placement supportive services • 93% of WIN placements are still working 3 months later Training and Resource Outcomes
  8. 8. By focusing on the needs of employers, career paths for participants, collaboration to enhance impact, and retention support, WIN produces positive community economic-development outcomes