Partners for a Competitive Workforce

Partners for a Competitive Workforce is a partnership in the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana tri-state region focused on meeting employer demand by growing the skills of its current and future workforce. The partnership developed out of a long history of collaboration in the tri-state region to address workforce challenges.

The Competitive Workforce partners include businesses, workforce investment boards, chambers of commerce, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, service providers and philanthropic funders. The partnership is managed by United Way of Greater Cincinnati, with major support provided by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and local funders.

The partnership coordinates all of the region’s workforce efforts under a common umbrella, sets joint priorities, and tracks regional progress. By joining efforts, it aims to accelerate the pace of collaboration so that our region goes farther and faster in preparing our workforce to compete.

Sector Focus

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Information Technology
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Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
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Industry Partnerships

Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership

The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership utilizes employer leadership to design career pathways with portable and stackable credentials that meet industry needs, engage education and workforce stakeholders to train the region’s workforce, and utilize industry intelligence to develop long-term strategies to improve the pipeline of skilled talent.

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Partnership

The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Partnership seeks to increase awareness of job opportunities in transportation, distribution and logistics through funding and development of warehouse training programs. Focused on giving employees the skills they need to fill positions, the goal is to establish a process that allows potential employees to gain the skills they need to get good paying jobs with career advancement opportunities.

Health Careers Collaborative

The Health Careers Collaborative works with hospital and long-term care employers to create and sustain educational opportunities for incumbent workers and assure that un- and under-employed citizens have access to assessments and training on the workplace skills required by employers. They promote health-related careers as valuable job opportunities, and in partnership with the UC Academic Health Center, the partnership is improving the participation of under- represented individuals in health professions. The partnership collects and reviews regional, state, and national health care workforce data to inform all partners of trends and shortages and offers regular opportunities for all partners to share workforce best practices.

Information Technology Career Pathway

In an effort to address a significant talent gap in IT, the Information Technology Career Pathway is growing the pipeline of 16-20 year olds who select an IT-related major in order to pursue an IT career. The IT Career Pathway program, formed the Higher Ed Collaborative with the region’s universities to market to 16-20 year olds, which has contributed to all-time high enrollments in their IT-related majors. The INTERalliance continues to be a preeminent program, nationwide, for attracting high school students to IT careers and has produced “conversion rates” at 10 times the national average. The partnership also continues to conduct “boot camps” to produce application developers and are in the early stages of a collaboration with regional Chambers of Commerce to proactively market/recruit out-of-town college juniors for IT internships with regional companies.

Construction Industry Partnership

The Construction Industry Partnership creates career pathways for high-demand construction occupations and utilizes pre-apprenticeship training to ensure individuals are prepared to shrive in on-the-job learning environments. To meet employer needs, regional training programs are preparing individuals, especially women and minorities, with the skills and experience to enter a construction apprenticeship program or obtain employment in the region’s growing construction industry.

Collaborative Contact

Hope Arthur Director, Health Careers Collaborative