The region's workforce development boards committed themselves in 2015 to launching and incubating Industry Sector Partnerships (ISPs) as a primary method for engaging productively with key employers in priority industries.
ISPs are regional and industry-specific collaborations between "Industry Partners" and "Community Support Partners" focusing on meeting the workforce and other competitiveness needs of their industry. ISPs create highly customized responses targeting the industry's greatest needs.
"Industry Partners" represent the employers in the region and industry, while "Community Support Partners" represent the industry's stakeholders, including those representing workforce development, education, economic development, community-based organizations, local government and organized labor.
ISPs are typically:
Industry driven (industry partners determine the partnership's goals and objectives)
Regional (whatever geographic area makes the most sense to the industry partners)
Not limited to workforce training issues (although the "workforce" is usually a high priority)
Long-term partnerships (the lifespan depends on the partnership's goals and objectives)
Convened/launched by a credible 3rd party (such as a workforce board)
The following outlines recent ISP activities in the North Bay region:
Napa Hospitality Industry Partnership (Napa HIP)
Napa HIP's stated purpose is to invest in the future of the Napa Hospitality Industry through employer and community collaboration, industry education and employee sustainability, in efforts to build a world-class workforce that supports the industry's growth.
Launched in 2016, Napa HIP is led by lodging and restaurant employers in Napa County, and supported by a range of community partners.
Napa HIP made strong progress in Spring 2017 by finalizing its action plan, which focuses on addressing immediate worker shortages, building up the long-term pipeline of talent, and supporting progress on policies to increase housing and improve transportation (more detail available
In March, Napa HIP hosted its first Career & Opportunity Fair, which involved 18 businesses, a wide range of community partners, and had the goal of both connecting jobseekers with employers, and also raising awareness about jobs and growth opportunities in the hospitality industry (sample resources shared
). 154 jobseekers came through the door and 62 people were interviewed during the event. Learn more and follow the partnership's progress at
For more info or to get involved in this partnership, contact: Janine Spadafore Kaiser
Marin-Sonoma Healthcare Partnership
The Marin-Sonoma Healthcare Partnership launched at Petaluma Health Center on April 20, 2017 with 30 healthcare industry leaders and 16 community support partners. The businesses in attendance were from major hospitals, health centers, home care, senior care, and skilled nursing facilities.
The community partners were comprised of Marin-Sonoma Workforce Boards, Economic Development Boards, Junior Colleges, County Offices of Education, Adult Ed, and other support partners.
The partnership's stated purpose is defined as follows:
To jointly create an agenda
that supports the stability and growth of the Healthcare industry in Marin and Sonoma counties
To commit to coordinated action
and implementation of shared high priority areas by public and private sector partners
To create a forum
for the county's healthcare industry for consistent, high quality connections, networking, information and idea sharing
The businesses moved forward on five areas of collective action during a series of conference calls on May 16
. They were selected based on need and early wins. Businesses signed up to work on one or more of the following topics:
Critical Occupations & Barriers
Cost of Living & Workforce Retention
Problematic Points of Transition
Electronic Records & Information Exchange
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The partnership agreed to meet as a full group on a quarterly basis, with the individual committees to meet as needed, including new members.
For more info or to get involved in this partnership, contact: Nancy Keene
Napa-Solano Healthcare Industry Partnership
The stated purpose of the Solano-Napa Healthcare Industry Partnership is:
To jointly create an agenda that supports the stability and growth of the Healthcare industry in Solano-Napa counties;
To commit to coordinated action and implementation of shared, high priority areas by public and private sector partners.
To create a forum for the region's healthcare industry for consistent, high quality connections, networking, information and idea sharing.
Following the launch of the Napa-Solano Healthcare Partnership in December 2016, healthcare leaders have been focusing on a few main priority areas:
Throughout the early Spring, these committees convened and defined goals for 2017. Leaders from the Training & Education committee identified two immediate objectives:
In May 2017, the full Partnership reconvened, and reviewed the inventory and survey the committee drafted, and provided feedback. The Partnership's next step is to promote the survey, analyze survey results, and leverage the findings to inform next actions.
For more info or to get involved in this partnership, contact: Brian Hooker
Mendocino and Lake Counties
Mendocino County has also made significant efforts toward greater employer involvement. Business roundtables are planned for after July 1 and will include Lake County. Employer involvement and engagement activities are underway and include identifying and attending local employer/business roundtables currently in place, including Mendocino County Human Resource Council, Human Services Panel, local chambers, etc. Additional efforts have included face-to-face meetings with local employers and the creation and distribution of an employer newsletter.
For more info or to get involved in industry partnership activities in Mendocino/Lake Counties, contact: Debbie Dockins (Holmes)
Article by Jim Cassio, NCCPA Business/ Education Liaison