Talent-to-Industry Exchanges (TIEs) are replicable public/private partnerships that bring industry and education groups together to solve workforce challenges.
GradForce KC introduced the TIE concept in 2016. This strategy was put forward as a KC Rising pilot project to address the alignment of the region’s education pipeline with workforce needs in specific industries.
Several elements are critical to the success of TIEs:
- They are industry led.
- They are regional and comprehensive in approach, covering the full K-20 education continuum.
- They are data driven and action oriented.
With guidance from the KC Rising Human Capital Oversight Committee, project partners outlined a process for each industry-specific TIE that includes:
- A detailed economic and labor analysis.
- An educational asset inventory.
- Business engagement through surveys and facilitated discussions.
- An action plan and timeline for implementation.
Life Sciences TIE
In February 2017, MARC published a detailed labor analysis for the Life Sciences TIE. The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, Inc. (KCALSI) served as the industry leader and co-convener to recruit industry participation in the TIE.
Life Sciences is a $9.2 billion industry in the Kansas City region, with 38,463 jobs. This sector includes companies engaged in research and development, manufacturing, and bioinformatics. MARC’s 2016 educational asset inventory found a total of 459 life science credentials available at 34 public, private and for-profit colleges and universities in the region.
Building Trades TIE — Work is currently underway on the next TIE, which focuses on building trades. A labor analysis will be published in mid-2017.
KC Global Design TIE — A third TIE, also to be completed in 2017, will focus on the architecture and engineering industry sectors.
- Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
- Kansas City Area Development Council
- KC Rising
- Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
- Full Employment Council
- Workforce Partnership
- Mid-America Regional Council
Sheri Gonzales Warren, Community and Economic Development Program Director
Mid-America Regional Council
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