Identify your partners

A workforce pipeline doesn’t have to be built alone—who will be on your team?

Outside partners

List the following organizations in your community

Organization Type Potential Partners
Workforce investment boards: regional entities that direct public workforce development programs
Mayor’s office of economic development, or similar public agency
City employee support services
Job training organizations
Workforce intermediaries and placement organizations
Community-based organizations focused on employment and job readiness
Community-based organizations focused on youth
Community-based organizations focused on re-entry
Community-based organizations focused on specific populations (refugee and immigrant populations, single mothers, young men of color, etc)
Community colleges
Professional schools, nursing schools, and other allied health profession training institutions
Community-based organizations focused on literacy and skills building
Local chamber of commerce
Anchor institution partnerships

Inside Partners

Who are the key players within your own organization that can help move this effort forward?


Internal Skillsets Key staff members
Managers in charge of hiring in the largest departments
Recruitment staff
Community outreach and government relations
Workforce training and learning
Human resources benefits staff (in charge of tuition assistance)
Human resources payroll staff (in charge of release time)
Temporary hiring and intra-staffing
Information technology and software management
Legal department (staff in charge of restrictions around hiring returning citizens, assessing equal opportunity compliance)
Office of diversity
Strategic planning team
Employee bargaining units and union representation
Board members from other major employers
Procurement and supply chain (staff in charge of writing contracts that could include local hiring provisions)
Construction (staff in charge of writing contracts that could include local hiring provisions)

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Measure your workforce baseline

Key ways to assess your current workforce and existing commitments

Survey your workforce policies and practices

Which policies and processes are working? Which are barriers to success?

Map your community's assets

You know your community needs jobs—but do you know the strengths it can offer?

Design around data and metrics

What are you going to measure to assess success, and how are you going to measure it?

Plan for sustainability

How do you institutionalize programs and get the whole team on board?