PARTICIPANTS MOVED INTO HIGHER PAYING JOBS
CareerEdge was designed to work on both sides of the labor market – the demand side and the supply side – as well as among intermediary organizations, such as higher education institutions, in order to fuel the pipeline of skilled labor needed by the region’s employers.
Two of the most tangible goals are to help low-skill/low-wage workers advance into higher-skill/higher-wage careers, while providing employers with the skilled workers they need to accelerate growth.
MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to provide an exceptional labor force to the region’s growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships.
VISION STATEMENT: CareerEdge will be known as the region’s distinguished workforce development organization that promotes economic prosperity through strong employer-labor and community partnerships.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT CareerEdge:
CareerEdge focuses on:
Innovative employer partnerships
CareerEdge is providing a tailored support package never before available from workforce intermediaries in the region. That package includes grants which invest in customized worker training and support programs, combined with hands-on technical support by CareerEdge staff, all designed to help employers advance their incumbent workers into higher-skill/wage positions and expedite the creation of entry-level jobs.
Educational bridge building
CareerEdge partners with other workforce intermediaries and educational institutions to bridge gaps in training programs in order to be more tightly attuned to the needs of the region’s employers.
CareerEdge is working to increase the amount of philanthropic resources invested into workforce development, particularly for underserved segments of the labor force, and to leverage those investments to increase the sums invested by public agencies and private employers.
As of December 2021, CareerEdge has invested $14.5 million in workforce development.
Policy advocacy & public discourse
CareerEdge is influencing policy decisions regarding both workforce programming and funding commitments by reframing the public discourse, inspiring data-driven decisions, and by educating leading advocacy groups and philanthropists on innovations and new directions in workforce development.