WorkForce Central Celebrates Workforce Development Week
Innovative Partnership with MultiCare Addresses Demand for Skilled Health Care Professionals
CONTACT: Linda Nguyen, 253.254.7606
TACOMA, WA – Through a career coaching partnership, 48 MultiCare Health System employees advanced their credentials last year across 15 different health care occupations. WorkForce Central launched the partnership in 2001 which has since helped nearly 500 health care professionals earn degrees or grow their skillsets.
“Innovative workforce development ideas, like the Career Coaching Program, help leverage public and private funds to address critical talent shortages,” said Darci Gibson, Director of Workforce Development & HRIS at MultiCare Health System. “MultiCare employees have received over $1.4 million dollars over the past 14 years to pursue their education and gain the skills needed to advance in their healthcare field. By growing our own staff, we are addressing critical staffing shortages and helping our employees pursue their career aspirations.”
The Career Coaching program is an example of successful Industry Sector Strategies, the focus of 2016’s Workforce Development Week sponsored by the US Conference of Mayors. These strategies are partnerships among education, business, government, nonprofit and other segments of the community to develop industry-specific, responsive programs that train workers and build their skills in line with hiring needs.
“Sector strategies allow us to focus on specific industries as we address talent shortages,” said Linda Nguyen, CEO of WorkForce Central. “These partnerships open the door for more innovative solutions and, to date, have increased the number of professionals in key sectors as well as increasing awareness about career options.”
WorkForce Central’s partnership with MultiCare was established to further the education, retention and advancement of MultiCare employees. Now in its 15th year, the coaching program is as important as ever as the region continues to face a shortage in registered nurses and other key positions over the next several years. As a result of the program, nine employees became RNs and six became LPNs in 2015.
Stay tuned as WorkForce Central continues the conversation about its sector strategies throughout Workforce Development Week. Workforce Development Week is an effort by the Workforce Development Council of the US Conference of Mayors to promote the efforts of Workforce Development Boards across the country. Use #wkdevweek to follow Workforce Development Week activities on Twitter.
WorkForce Central strengthens the Pierce County economy by identifying skill gaps between jobseekers and employment opportunities, fostering data-driven decision making, and connecting workforce development partners into a cohesive, collaborative and effective network.