The Regional Workforce Development Plan (draft available HERE) is built upon three source documents: (1) a Regional Talent Development Pipeline Study (TDPS), (2) an assessment of barriers to employment opportunity and (3) career pathways mapping for key regional employment sectors. Work began on this planning process in February of 2013. The full plan is scheduled to be published later in 2014.
The first section of our plan builds upon the work of the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board’s 2010 Talent Development Pipeline Study (TDPS). In the Regional TDPS, the Collaborative identified 39 occupations in the Baltimore area that often pay more than $23 per hour without requiring a full Bachelor’s degree. Through career pathway mapping, the report says, job seekers can be helped onto a trajectory to these jobs.
On June 2, 2014, the Collaborative released Barriers to Employment Opportunity in the Baltimore Region, which identifies and analyzes barriers to upwardly mobile employment and middle skilled jobs faced by traditionally marginalized and underserved populations. The report explores legal, educational, community and infrastructure barriers throughout the region.
Career Pathways Mapping
Using the industries identified in the Regional Talent Development Pipeline and the guidance from the analysis of the barriers to employment opportunity, the Collaborative will identify and/or develop career pathways in key industry sectors.
The pathways will focus on middle skill jobs and will take into account citizens not currently in the “employment pipeline”. This mapping process will involve collaboration with existing local sector leaders currently focused on employment training and advancement.