Actively engaging employers is a key part of the work of the Baltimore Workforce Development Board; developing relationships with industry creates the conditions for responsive and effective investments in training, which in turn helps businesses develop the diverse, skilled workforce they need to thrive and compete.
Industry Sector Partnerships
The Business Engagement Committee is convening employers and training providers to better align businesses’ human resource needs with training curricula and program design. Beginning with the Hospitality Industry, which represents a substantial portion of the region’s employment, the Committee will bring together major employers and an already robust training community to discuss what is needed to streamline existing paths from training to employment. The forums provide an opportunity for the sharing of best practices in training, as well as discussions with employers about how to improve job retention and opportunities for advancement within the industry.
Targeting industries projected to expand their hiring potential in the region, the Committee plans to expand this work to five additional sectors: Healthcare, IT, Manufacturing, Professional Services, and Transportation/Logistics.
Hire One Youth
Hire One Youth helps private-sector companies find and hire high schoolers for five week internships in the summer as a part of YouthWorks. As part of the program:
- Youth are screened for skills and interests to match workplace needs
- Youth receive job readiness training before being referred for interviews
- YouthWorkers are paid the Baltimore City minimum wage or higher
- Companies can hire and pay the youth directly from their payroll or make an equivalent financial contribution to the Baltimore City Foundation to allow the City to process payroll and serve as the employer of record
- A job coach is assigned to ensure the experience is beneficial for all parties