Triad Workforce Solutions LogoGREENSBORO, N.C. – Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative, in partnership with The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, has been awarded $320,000 from national foundations to strengthen and expand manufacturing industry partnerships that support career advancement strategies for Triad residents.

The collaborative is an initiative based at The Community Foundation and provides leadership in building systems across local workforce and educational providers. Its goal is for our region to benefit from having a pipeline of skilled and educated workers whose qualifications meet current and future employer needs, resulting in full employment and a more competitive community. The collaborative is an official site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, the only one in North Carolina.

“It’s vitally important that we have partners in the Greensboro business community who recognize the importance of providing essential skills, training and education for our residents,” Mayor Nancy Vaughan said. “Through those efforts, Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative is working to prepare our residents for the jobs of today and the future, and the fruits of their labor are already showing. As evidenced by their use of $320,000 in national funds, they will attract and train over 300 participants, and they continue to leverage local resources and partnerships to work toward a common goal of developing a more skilled community.”

The local collaborative emerged last year from the Greensboro Works Task Force, a group of business, community and nonprofit leaders convened by The Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Greensboro. The task force’s primary goal was to help the community develop a cooperative, informed and shared vision for the long-term economic success of local residents.

The two new grants mark a terrific kickoff for the collaborative, according to its director, Donna Newton. “We are excited to have these national resources to support the work of our community partners in improving the career pathways of residents through skill-based education and training.”

The Walmart Foundation awarded a grant of $220,000 through Jobs for the Future. This grant creates a partnership with The North Carolina Center for Global Logistics, the Guilford County Workforce Development Board and the N.C. Works Career Center to offer third-party certificates to program participants. One of these certifications, the Global Logistics Associate, issued by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics, is an internationally recognized certification program that acknowledges the completion of rigorous coursework in logistics and supply chain for entry-level positions.

In addition, a Social Innovation Fund grant for $100,000, from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and called “Making the Case: Pathway to Manufacturing Careers in the Triad,” will provide training for about 80 people and promote attainment of manufacturing industry-related credentials in such work as machining, welding, and fork lift operations, that enhance employ ability. Step Up Greensboro, GTCC, the Guilford County Workforce Development Board and the N.C. Works Career Center are primary partners in recruiting and training participants for these credentials.

“Triad Workforce Collaborative supports local innovative approaches to providing education, training and credentialing that prepares jobseekers and entry-level employees for career advancement,” said Kip Blakely, chair of the collaborative and vice president of Industry and Government Relations at HAECO Americas, which also is involved in this endeavor. “HAECO is proud to be a lead partner in this important work.”

To learn more about the work of the Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative, please visit triadworkforce.org.