The Austin Metro Area Master Community Workforce Plan (Master Plan) lays out a common agenda and establishes a framework for collaboration to coordinate the efforts of the region’s workforce development organizations and educational institutions.

Challenge and Vision of the Master Community Workforce Plan

The strength of a community depends on the people that live in it. With rapidly rising costs of living threatening affordability, many Austinites are being pushed out of the community they love. In response to this crisis, Austin-area workforce development community based organizations, training providers, and employers created a Master Community Workforce Plan to help individuals living in poverty find a path to financial stability. By aligning education and training providers’ training programs with employers’ needs, this workforce plan will help 10,000 economically disadvantaged individuals secure middle-skill jobs by 2021.

An Electrifying Career - Albert DeLuna's Story

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The Master Community Workforce Plan will focus on helping 10,000 economically disadvantaged individuals achieve financial stability and success through employment in middle-skill jobs. One such individual, Albert DeLuna, has received services from multiple community-based organizations and training providers and is flourishing in his job with Samsung Austin Semiconductor. Albert overcame an upbringing in the foster care system and a criminal background to obtain his GED through Goodwill, using Workforce Solutions’ WIOA Youth funding. After taking classes at Austin Community College, he obtained an internship and, ultimately, secured full-time employment with Samsung!

Click here to learn more about Albert’s inspirational story, and click here to watch a video in which he describes his journey to success.

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How Can You Get Involved?

There is no one way to get involved. From participating in job fairs, mentoring and hiring economically disadvantaged workers, there is a role for everyone! Please see below examples to illustrate methods and different levels of engagement.

Employers of all sizes, interests, and capacities can:

CULTIVATE INTEREST IN HIGH-DEMAND CAREERS EQUIP WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED CONNECT EMPLOYERS WITH LOCAL TALENT RETAIN & ADVANCE SKILLED WORKERS PARTNERING WITH LOCAL LEADERS
Invite speakers to present to groups Design program to use instructors on-loan to expand teaching capacity Partner with employers to provide opportunities to engage with prospective employees

Place clients in apprenticeships

Seek input from industry partnerships
 
Organize field trips that include facility tours and job shadowing days Incorporate the latest equipment into training progams
Encourage clients to utilize talent portal
Assist youth in finding summer employment Assist clients in securing paid internships  Help employers access training grants and other support for on-the-job training
Participate in campaign to raise awareness of careers in key industries Match scholarships from employers for training programs
Help connect clients with local employers
Provide a match for employer-sponsored tuition assistance Collaborate with other workforce partners
Host or support career navigators   

Community-based organizations and training providers can:

CULTIVATE INTEREST IN HIGH-DEMAND CAREERS EQUIP WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED CONNECT EMPLOYERS WITH LOCAL TALENT RETAIN & ADVANCE SKILLED WORKERS
PARTNERING WITH LOCAL LEADERS
Invite speakers to present to groups
Design program to use instructors on-loan to expand teaching capacity Partner with employers to provide opportunities to engage with prospective employees

Place clients in apprenticeships

Seek input from industry partnerships

Organize field trips that include facility tours and job shadowing days Incorporate the latest equipment into training progams
Encourage clients to utilize talent portal
Assist youth in finding summer employment Assist clients in securing paid internships  Help employers access training grants and other support for on-the-job training
Participate in campaign to raise awareness of careers in key industries
Match scholarships from employers for training programs
Help connect clients with local employers
Provide a match for employer-sponsored tuition assistance Collaborate with other workforce partners
Host or support career navigators 

Interested in Learning More?

For more information about how your organization can get involved in the Master Community Workforce Plan, please contact Leslie Puckett (leslie.puckett@wfscapitalarea.com / 512.597.7121).


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