Program & Initiative
What we do:
CenterState CEO’s Work Train initiative centers on:
- helping workers access career opportunities and build wealth through family sustaining employment; and
- helping employers succeed by connecting them to talent and supporting their talent development and retention strategies.
Work Train is dedicated to addressing the challenge of un-and-underemployment in Central New York by creating solutions that benefit both businesses and job seekers alike.
How we do it:
Through collaborative partnerships, Work Train establishes best practices and builds capacity within workforce-related systems to drive long term change.
Housed within CenterState CEO, the initiative is driven by a collaborative of funders and community partners that represent: business, economic development, philanthropy, workforce development, local government, training and education, and grassroots organizations. Through industry partnerships, Work Train understands employer needs and leverages existing resources from partners to develop training and workforce strategies that meet industry demand.
Through a "dual client” model, Work Train assists businesses in recruiting, training and retaining skilled employees by listening to their needs and working together to develop innovative solutions. Work Train also works with community partners to assist residents to access training and obtain careers that pay family-sustaining wages and opportunities for career advancement.
Work Train is a proud partner site within the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, a national network of “best practice” regional workforce collaboratives.
Work Train Funder Collaborative
This work is supported by the Work Train Funder Collaborative, which includes:
What is Work Train?
Learn more about how CenterState CEO's Work Train initiative engages community partners, employers and educators to help build a strong, diverse workforce for Central New York.
National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Take a closer look at our collaboration with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NHWS). Syracuse is a partner city working with the NFWS to address systems change in our community. In this video, CenterState CEO SVP of Inclusive Growth Dominic Robinson talks about Syracuse Build and Syracuse Surge - two large multi-sector initiatives aimed at creating workforce development solutions that lead to greater economic opportunity for job seekers and solutions for employers that help our community as a whole to thrive.
Partnerships Driving Systems Change
Some of Work Train’s major projects and partnerships include:
Pictured: The Surge Advanced Manufacturing training program offers hands-on preparation for careers in clean high-tech advanced manufacturing.
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