Three people from the Buffalo Trace Area are among 30 leaders of business, industry and education from across the state named as the first Champions selected to attend Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline Management Academy.
They include Brittany Corde, director of Workforce at Maysville Community and Technical College; Owen McNeill, economic development director for the
Maysville-Mason County Industrial Development Authority; and Jeremy Faulkner, director of Business Services and Economic Development at TENCO Workforce Innovation Board.
The area is the only one in the state with three people named to TPM, Faulkner said.
“This shows the commitment we have in the area to innovative workforce development and the great work that’s already happening,” he said.
McNeill echoed Faulkner’s thoughts.
“It’s an honor to be selected by the Kentucky Chamber as a Talent Pipeline Management Champion,” McNeill said. “I believe the fact that out of so few slots available statewide, our area has three nominations of outstanding workforce professionals highlights how well our allied partners are working together and the outstanding workforce the Maysville/Mason County region has to offer.”
Earlier this year, Kentucky was designated by the U.S. Chamber Foundation as one of three states to implement the academies, and the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center was chosen to carry out the TPM initiative in the commonwealth.
Talent Pipeline Management is an employer-led approach to identifying specific workforce needs as well as training and quality issues and solutions to persistent workforce-related challenges. The TPM Academy is a three-part program to train Champions on ways to build talent supply chains and launch TPM in their own communities.
Since achieving the TPM designation, the Chamber’s Workforce Center has focused on engaging employers to work together on a sector and regional basis to address their workforce needs. The work is being done with the support of the Strada Education Network, a national nonprofit and the founding partner of the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, and in partnership with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet.
“In today’s highly competitive economic development field, the availability of a well trained, qualified workforce is paramount to attracting business and industry,” McNeill said. “The Kentucky Chamber’s TPM Academy represents another avenue that the Maysville/Mason County Industrial Development Authority, Buffalo Trace Add and Maysville Community and Technical College are collectively working to provide the demand driven and aligned workforce of tomorrow.”
The Workforce Center’s Talent Pipeline staff and the Champions selected for the TPM academy will focus on creating specific strategies to meet the needs of different industry and regional sectors. By July 2020, more than 25 employer groups, representing regions as well as business and industry sectors, are to be convened to build talent pipelines for 75 high-demand positions.