Hempstead Works Final Report

06/27/2003
       Introduction

 

Ø  On February 14, 2001, the Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board (WIB) was awarded a $25,000 grant under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) to conduct an Assessment of Local Skills Shortages (ALSS) Project. 

 

Ø  The goal of the project was to engage WIB members in identifying the workforce needs of local industry and jobseekers and to use the information gleaned through the questions posed to develop a strategic plan that would set forth policies to address those needs in an on-going, systematized fashion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II.       Accomplishments

 

Ø  Conducted a community scan of available information on the local labor market, as well as community assets, and identified information gaps;

 

Ø  Reached out to local businesses to identify their occupational and skills needs;

 

Ø  Established and implemented a method to continuously collect skills needs requests from local businesses;

 

Ø  Developed a strategic plan that addresses the nine policy questions identified in the Request For Applications (RFA) through which the grant was awarded, based upon the information gathered as a result of the community scan and local business outreach;

 

Ø  Provided local skills request information to the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) that can be entered into a Statewide Training Database.

 

 

 

III.        Community Scan

 

Ø   Gathered information from Gary Huth, the local NYSDOL  Labor Market Analyst, local commerce associations, educational providers and economic development organizations.

 

Ø   Revealed that information on local skills and occupational needs exists in our area through the following organizations:

 

Ø   The Long Island Association (LIA);

Ø   NYSDOL Job Bank;

Ø   Empire State Partners;

Ø   Local universities;

Ø   Local chambers of commerce.

 

Ø   Information is also available through the following publications: NEWSDAY; LONG ISLAND BUSINESS NEWS; HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY REGIONAL LABOR REVIEW.

 

Ø   Through this scan we created a database of business training programs, program operators, funding streams and eligibility requirements. 

 

Ø  The Community Assets Database, was shared with each of the One-Stop partner and affiliate organizations of our system.

 

 

IV.        Data Collection Methods

 

Ø   Convened a “Business Focus Group” meeting.  The group was comprised of business members of the Town of Hempstead WIB.  The NYSDOL local Labor Market Analyst provided consultation to the focus group.  The group designed a business survey, to collect the required data elements.

 

Ø   A Business Services Survey System was created as a data entry screen and reporting feature of our HempsteadWorks Quality Assurance Program (HWQAP).

 

Ø   Outreach to the business community was conducted through a promotional letter that introduced the survey designed by the focus group.

 

Ø   A mailing list was selected from “TopList® Version 4.1 – Business on Line.”  Toplist® is a database that contains the “THE LISTS 2000,” published by “LONG ISLAND BUSINESS NEWS.”  The promotional letter and survey were mailed to selected businesses that are included in Toplist®.

 

Ø   The survey was also posted on our Web site;

 

Ø   Potential training vendor were required to submit surveys of potential employers with their proposals in response to our training RFP;

 

(IV.        Data Collection Methods Continued)

 

Ø   Business services staff integrated the survey process into their job development efforts;

 

Ø    Responses to the survey were accepted via mail, fax and e-mail.  Businesses who did respond were contacted by telephone by HempsteadWorks business services representatives.  Personal meetings were conducted with businesses on request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V.             Process To Continuously Accept and Act Upon Request for Skills Upgrade Training (Creation of a Skills Training Request List)

 

Ø   The Long Island local workforce investment areas (LWIBs), along with the NYSDOL Division of Employment Services Labor Market Analyst have formed a Skills Subcommittee of the Long Island Workforce Development Consortium to assess and respond to skills shortages on a continuous basis.

 

Ø   The local WIB will conduct surveys, facilitate focus groups, design training programs and recruit workers for industries that are experiencing shortages in coordination with the Subcommittee and the Consortium.

 

Ø   The Consortium will address regional workforce development issues under the leadership of NYSDOL/DoES, which coordinates the Business Services Team of the Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board.

 

Ø   Stony Brook University will conduct research in support of the Subcommittee’s work on an in-kind basis.

 

Ø   All One-Stop system staff involved in taking job orders will be trained to request survey data from employers as part of their “toolkit” for job development.

(V.    Process to Continuously Accept …Continued)

 

Ø   The above bulleted staff training will be integrated into One-Stop Operating System (OSOS) training.

 

Ø   Meetings will be periodically convened by the Consortium among local employers, WIB staff and economic and community development organizations to identify skill shortages, share statistical data and conduct strategic planning to leverage available resources.

 

Ø    The “nine policy questions” addressed in our initial report will be revisited periodically by the WIB.