Central Iowa Works supports Workforce Partnerships and includes employers in five sectors, including Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services and Operations (BSO), Construction, Health Care, and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL). Each Partnership is made up of employers and/or labor representatives who meet on a monthly basis to discuss common workforce priorities and and needs in the industries.
This leads to the design and development of training opportunities for job seekers and incumbent workers.
Employer representatives that sit on the Workforce Partnerships are employed in upper-level management within their respective companies, which allows them to make decisions and enter into agreements more freely. Each member is encouraged to invest $10,000 or more in the industry partnership that it represents.
CIW is a model program in the area of workforce intermediaries. Facilitators share news about funding, grant ideas, training events, data regarding progress toward meeting grant outcomes, success stories, and employee needs.
The Workforce Partnerships include:
- Advanced Manufacturing – (Partners include: TPI, Vermeer Corp., Bridgestone, John Deere, Danfoss, General Mills, DuPont, Barilla, Kreg Tool, 3M, EMCO, Emerson, Van Gorp, Kemin, ReWall
- Business Services and Operations (BSO) – (Partners include: Bankers Trust, Nationwide, Wells Fargo, Bank of the West, Principal, U.S. Bank, Community State Bank)
- Construction – (Partners include: Iowa Laborers, Insulators, Sheet Metal Workers, Master Builders of Iowa, Plumbers and Steamfitters)
- Health Care (Partners include: Broadlawns, HCI Care Services/VNS of Iowa, Aramark, Mercy Medical Center, UnityPoint Health, Wesley Life, H.O.P.E, Easter Seals, Senior Housing)
- Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) – (Partners include: Ruan, Owens & Minor Distribution, Holland, UPS, Manpower, TMC, Brady Corp, Old Dominion, O‘Halloran International, Quality Services Corporation
Community Organization Partnerships
This partnership represents a wide variety of organizations throughout central Iowa, each of whom support the efforts of individuals with barriers to employment to secure jobs. Populations served by these organizations include people with disabilities, persons with an incarceration history, immigrants, refugees, persons with low educational attainment, and dislocated workers. To learn more about or get involved with the Central Iowa Works Job Developers Network, contact Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher by email at Soneeta@CentralIowaWorks.org.
For more information on partnering with Central Iowa Works via membership in a Workforce Partnership, email Pat Steele at Pat@CentralIowaWorks.org or contact us at (515) 243-2130 today.