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Initiative: 1.21 Collaborate with educational and training institutions to equip current residents for high-growth industries

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Through close collaboration and partnership with educational and training institutions, the workforce development division of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) can ensure that residents can access training for in-demand job skills through local training and educational institutions. 

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Why is it important?

Collaborating with local educational and training institutions is essential for equipping community members with in-demand job skills. Expanding partnerships with educational and training institutions ensures that training programs align with the specific needs of local industries, offering relevant and up-to-date skills. Accessibility is improved, reducing barriers for community members to participate in training programs. Customized programs can be developed to target specific industries, fostering a direct connection between skills acquired and available job opportunities. Networking opportunities with businesses in the community also facilitate job placement, internships, and apprenticeships. Overall, these collaborations contribute to economic development, lifelong learning, and community engagement, promoting the ongoing success and competitiveness of the local workforce.

What have we been doing?

The Durham Workforce Development Board has continued to enhance its partnership with DPS and with Durham Tech Community College to allow youth and other talent that may currently be experiencing barriers to attaining training and credentials in high demand industries.

What's next?

Durham Workforce Development Board will continue to work with DPS to launch upcoming programming.  In addition, Durham YouthWorks is conducting a youth program summit to ensure collaboration and coordination with Durham's youth program providers seeking to strengthen the talent pipeline to Durham high demand industry sectors.

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