Scaling Industry Partnerships

Over the past 10 years, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions has used industry partnerships and deep employer engagement to improve business and workforce systems, spark social innovations, and prepare thousands of workers for good jobs. Industry partnerships are at the heart of the National Fund’s model and have resulted in more effective training programs, higher job placement results and better investments in workforce development. National Fund regional collaboratives have created, supported or scaled more than 200 industry partnerships over the past decade, serving more than 7,500 businesses and currently fund 85 active industry partnerships.

Each industry partnership reflects the unique needs of the community and sector, but industry partnerships are collaborations of businesses from a particular industry that meet regularly with the assistance of a workforce intermediary to address their region and industry’s collective workforce and talent needs. Members discuss shared human-resources issues, exchange information about industry practices, and take specific actions to address workforce challenges.

Active Industry Partnerships

Aerospace and Aviation

PACES Aviation Partnership, Wichita, KS

SAWDC Aviation and Aerospace Industry Partnership, Mobile, AL

Automotive Manufacturing

Automotive Maintenance & Alternative Fuels Partnership, Milwaukee, WI

New Community Corporation Auto Mechanics (NCC), Newark, NJ

West Alabama Automotive Cluster, Tuscaloosa, AL

Bioscience and Technology

BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. (BTI), Baltimore, MD

Illinois IT STEM Learning Exchange, Chicago, IL

JVS Bridges to College STEM Career Pathways, Boston, MA 

Materials Science Industry Partnership, Pittsburgh, PA


AIDT/AWTC Construction Partnership, Birmingham, Alabama

CareerEdge Construction Partnership, Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

CareerRise Construction Partnership, Atlanta, GA

Central Iowa Works Construction Partnership, Des Moines, IA

Construction Partnership, Milwaukee, WI

East Alabama Construction Partnership, Opelika, Alabama

PCW Construction Industry Partnership, Cincinnati, OH

West Alabama Construction Cluster, Tuscaloosa, AL

Green Services & Energy Efficiency

Baltimore Center for Green Careers (BCGC), Baltimore, MD

Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership, Chicago, IL

Energy Efficient Construction Partnership, Milwaukee, WI

Green Trades Partnership, Milwaukee, WI

Green City Works, Philadelphia, PA 

Parks, Grounds & Maintenance Partnership, Milwaukee, WI

Urban Forestry & Utilities Partnership, Milwaukee, WI


Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Health Care (BACH), Baltimore, MD

Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium, Boston, MA

Boston Children’s Hospital – Career Ladder Program, Boston, MA

CareerEdge Heath Care Partnership, Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

CareerRise Careers in Healthcare Atlanta Mobility Project (CHAMP), Atlanta, GA

Central Iowa Works Health Care Partnership, Des Moines, IA

East Alabama Health Care Partnership, Opelika, Alabama

Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership, Philadelphia, PA

Health Care Collaboratives of Greater Louisville, Louisville, KY

Health Care Industry Partnership, Mobile, AL

Jersey City Medical Center—Barnabas Health (JCMC-BH), Newark, NJ

Metro Hartford Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (MACH), Hartford, CT

New Orleans Works Medical Assistant Partnership (MA NOW), New Orleans, LA

New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH), New York, NY

Nurse Aid Certification Program, Dallas, TX

PACES Health Care Employer Partnership, Wichita, KS

PCW Health Careers Collaborative, Cincinnati, OH

Pittsburgh Works Healthcare Industry Partnership, Pittsburgh, PA

SkillUp Home Healthcare Training Partnership, Seattle, WA

West Alabama Health Care Cluster, Tuscaloosa, AL

Hospitality and Retail

BEST Corp Hospitality Training Center (HTC), Boston, MA

East Alabama Hospitality Partnership, Opelika, Alabama

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC), Baltimore, MD

Next Course Food Service Partnership, Baltimore, MD


Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership, Hartford, CT

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, Philadelphia, PA

AIDT/AWTC Manufacturing Partnership, Birmingham, Alabama

CareerEdge Manufacturing Partnership, Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

CareerRise Electronics Workforce Alliance, Atlanta, GA

Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA), Mobile, AL

Central Iowa Works Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, Des Moines, IA

East Alabama Manufacturing Partnership, Opelika, Alabama

The Genesis Movement, Chicago, IL

Guilford Apprenticeship Partners, Greensboro, NC

Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center (KMCC) Employer Advisory Group, Louisville, KY

Manufacturing Partnership, Milwaukee, WI

MDWFC Manufacturing/Skill Trades Partnership, Jackson, MI

PCW Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership, Cincinnati, OH

SkillUp Manufacturing Advancement Pathways Project, Seattle, WA

Southeast Regional Workforce Development Partnership, Philadelphia, PA

West Alabama Manufacturing Cluster, Tuscaloosa, AL

Work Train Manufacturing Careers Partnership, Syracuse, NY

WorkOne Manufacturing Partnership, Louisville, KY

Workforce Central Manufacturing Partnership, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Maritime Manufacturing

Maritime Industry Partnership, Mobile, AL

Information Technology

Greater Boston IT/Tech Consortium, Boston, MA

IT-Ready Initiative, Dallas, TX

PCW Information Technology Career Pathway, Cincinnati, OH 

Transportation Distribution and Logistics

CareerEdge Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Partnership, Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

Central PA Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Partnership, Reading, PA

East Alabama Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Partnership, Opelika, Alabama

Logistics Partnership, Atlanta, GA

MDWFC Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Partnership, Jackson, MI

North Carolina Center for Global Logistics, Greensboro, NC

PCW Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Partnership, Cincinnati, OH

SkillUp Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Partnership, Seattle, WA

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) Workforce Partnership, Hartford, CT

Transportation Manufacturing, Greenville, SC

Skills and Career Development

Central Iowa Works Financial Services Partnership, Des Moines, IA

ConxusNEO, Cleveland, OH

Early Childhood Education Workforce Transformation Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

New Orleans Works Daughters of Charity, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Works Hudson Thomas Program, New Orleans, LA

South Kensington Works, Philadelphia, PA

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

Workforce Central Pathways Partnership, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Workforce Connect, Cleveland, OH