Find the Employees You Need
We serve as an extension of your HR team, making direct and meaningful connections to grow your company through a stable, skilled, and supported workforce.
Serving all employers in Erie, Huron & Ottawa Counties, our connections span our labor shed, from Cleveland to Toledo, and the resources we can access go beyond that. Utilize our team as your company’s concierge for in-depth data services, recruiting, headhunting, workforce grants, training grants, and all the connections and resources you need.
Manufacturing Mentorship Program
The program encourages minors to pursue their interests in manufacturing, providing an opportunity for students (aged 16 – 17), parents,and teachers to take advantage of valuable training in the skilled trades. Commerce and other state agencies are working on workforce initiatives like this to support the projected 2 million manufacturing jobs that will go unfilled due to a growing skills gap over the next decade.
Front Line Retention Work Group
Low wage frontline workers often face challenges securing supports such as childcare and transportation which enable them to be productive employees which can prevent them from advancing into higher paying roles with more stability.
This Work Group will work to improve the connection to and use of supportive services by low frontline workers and development of intentional pathways to advancement for qualified frontline workers which lead to higher wages in targeted industries in the Firelands region.
Projects should serve frontline workers, with a focus on those earning wages $25,000 or less. Additionally, the Work Group should select a subset of industries to focus on which have advancement opportunities for frontline workers and/or pay a regionally defined living wage. All projects developed by the Working Group will focus on residents of and businesses who have locations within Erie and Huron counties.
Helping You Find the Employees you Need Now and in the Future.
Firelands Forward Strategic Plan
Covering a three year time horizon, 2020-2023, and developed with vast community input, the Firelands Forward Workforce Development Plan is designed to improve job skills, fulfillment, and retention. The Plan frames and builds coordination and collaboration across education, job training, and other supportive services to drive economic growth. It includes accountable and measurable solutions for improving the workforce.
Working to Solve Our Turnover Challenge
As a region – and a nation – we face the issue of high labor force turnover rates. Workers, especially those in lower-income professions, are leaving their jobs often, and this is causing instability for both employees and employers. What can we do about it? Read our white paper on the causes and effects of turnover, and reach out to our team to discuss your insights and needs!
The Social Safety Net
We’ve all heard it – “the social safety net disincentivizes work” – especially in a policy environment that is placing more emphasis on providing public benefits to more people, in more situations. So does this narrative hold up to scrutiny? What are the reasons why, or why not? We’ll explore that and more in this white paper on the social safety net and the benefits cliff.