In Wayne County, Ohio, people are our greatest resource. The sustainability and longevity of business—and our community—relies heavily on a robust pipeline of skilled workers. Through the Workforce Innovations Network (WIN), Wayne County is dedicated to creating a seamless path for our residents to enter the workforce through a joint effort involving area K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions and workforce service providers.
This collaborative partnership focuses on the county’s workforce development needs, priorities, and innovations to provide outstanding career opportunities for area residents as well as to ensure that a skilled workforce is available to retain good companies and attract new industries. WIN partners include the Wayne County public school systems, the Wayne County Schools Career Center, Ohio State ATI, Wayne College, The Common Good, Ohio Means Jobs-Wayne County, local chambers of commerce, and several private employers.
WIN serves as a connector for information sharing, identifying resources, and cultivating best practices for workforce development. The goals of WIN include:
- Identify regional workforce skill and competency needs
- Articulate emerging skills and competencies needed in targeted industry sectors
- Create and recommend solutions to close workforce skills gaps
- Champion talent attraction, engagement, and retention best practices
- Establish measures and evaluations to demonstrate value and outcomes of work
These efforts support Wayne County’s major economic development activities that spur growth and wealth creation. Central to this approach is strategically focusing long-term workforce efforts on competitive and growing industry clusters.
The initial focus has been to meet the skills and competencies needed to support the advanced manufacturing industry. Other long-range sectors of interest include health care services, food manufacturing & processing, Agbiosciences, and information technology.