Retail in the Network
Read the Retail program’s one-pager for further insight into the focus of each of the participating collaboratives:
Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative :
- The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative is partnering with community-based workforce providers to raise the quality of employment in Baltimore’s retail sector.
- Under the Baltimore Retail Industry Workforce Partnership, which includes Civic Works, Humanim, and the Choice Program at UMBC, workforce experts will aid businesses in overcoming challenges to finding and retaining skilled employees while identifying resources, providing technical assistance, and facilitating peer learning to bene t frontline workers.
- The Partnership’s comprehensive model–providing industry-driven technical assistance, connecting businesses to workforce training, and promoting socially responsible businesses–will ensure equitable access to family-sustaining careers, strengthen Baltimore communities, and ultimately transform the local retail sector.
Central Iowa Works, an initiative of United Way of Central Iowa:
- By completing an analysis of retail employment in Central Iowa, a sector that currently employs nearly 40,000 workers, CIW will focus on challenges in recruitment, turnover, and limited career advancement. Retailers will be provided strategies to improve recruiting, retaining, and advancing frontline workers.
- Through the launching of the Center for Onboarding and Advancement in Retail (COAR), an industry partnership will form in and around supporting the skills of frontline works, particularly youth, immigrants, and refugees that work at the Westfield-Southcenter Mall.
- Port Jobs, a non-profit workforce development intermediary, will conduct an initial regional scan of the retail industry during the first year of the project, and work with COAR partners to identify and develop services to both employers and workers including employment readiness, retention support, and career advancement.