Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative

The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative is a public/private partnership dedicated supporting unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents in developing in-demand skills and good jobs while helping local businesses develop a skilled workforce. The Collaborative convenes public and private stakeholders who support the formation and expansion of sectoral intermediaries that coordinate financial resources and service providers to help low-income residents find and keep jobs with employers who need skilled workers. BWFC uses several approaches to achieve these objectives, such as: building pathways to well-paying jobs with career advancement possibilities in targeted industries in the Baltimore area; working closely with employers to align programs with real industry need for skilled workers; removing barriers to work by improving education, skill training, and support services to better prepare Baltimore’s workforce; and analyzing performance data and directing resources to practices and programs that demonstrate effectiveness.

Sector Focus

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Industry Partnerships

Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Health Care (BACH)

The BACH partnership is trying to address the issues of unemployment, underemployment, and health care workforce shortages in the City of Baltimore while simultaneously providing vocational resources to underserved communities. BACH provides career coaching for incumbent entry-level health care workers, offers youth health care vocational training and internship programs, identifies emerging health care occupations and necessary credentials, and develops partnerships among health care employers and health care training providers.

Baltimore Center for Green Careers (BCGC)

The mission of Civic Works’ BCGC is to make Baltimore’s economy more equitable and sustainable by training residents for jobs in the emerging green economy. To support its clients, BCGC provides case management, job-readiness services, personal and professional development, industry-valued certifications, and follow-up services after graduation.

BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. (BTI)

BTI was created to fill the need for specialty scientific training of entry-level biotechnicians for in-demand employment in Maryland’s biotechnological industry. BTI screens candidates, develops relevant curriculum, prepares un- and underemployed candidates for placement in career-launching positions, provides previously unavailable career options to deserving individuals, and strengthens the industry by providing well-trained, skilled workers. Partnership members contribute to various aspects of the overall mission and activities, including curriculum development and review, expert instruction, cash and in-kind donations, recruiting partners, hosting internships, employing BTI graduates, and serving as board members and expert advisors.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC)

The JARC model focuses not only on workforce development, but also bundled financial support development by offering income support, financial coaching, and employment services. The program targets the skills labor gap in manufacturing and information technology by providing high-quality skill training for lower-income and unemployed workers so they can achieve self-sufficiency.

Next Course Food Service Partnership

The Next Course Food Service Partnership serves people with multiple barriers to employment, including homelessness, chronic or longstanding unemployment, low educational attainment, incarceration, addiction, or lack of appropriate skills. With the help of the Next Course program, students develop the occupational job skills and achieve industry certifications needed to access jobs in the food service, hospitality, and culinary industries. Next Course goes further by coupling occupational skills training with life skills and job-readiness training that assists clients with barriers that may have otherwise prevented them from previously achieving a living wage and career-focused employment.

Project JumpStart

JumpStart is a construction-training apprenticeship program for Baltimore residents with a high school diploma or GED. Residents receive training that matches their skill set to local employment opportunities in vocational occupations, as well as essential safety training, financial coaching, and job placement assistance.